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Food Aid To Chechnya, Azerbaijan In Jeopardy

A Chechen refugee camp (CTK) October 12, 2006 -- Food aid in Russia's Chechnya and in neighboring Azerbaijan is dwindling because of funding shortages and could run out within weeks.

Jean Ziegler, the UN special rapporteur on the right to food, said international assistance for displaced persons in Chechnya could be cut entirely by the end of the month.

In Azerbaijan, where hundreds of thousands have been made homeless because of a territorial dispute with Armenia, Ziegler said food aid stocks would only last until the end of October.