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Drunken U.N. diplomats wearing out U.S. welcome by doing booze-fueled business

- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The U.S. ambassador for management and reform at the United Nations says he's sick and tired of dealing with drunken diplomats.

"There has always been a good and responsible tradition of a bit of alcohol improving a negotiation, but we're not talking about a delegate having a nip at the bar," said Joseph Torsella in a Newser report.

Negotiating rooms should be "inebriation-free zones," he said.

Drunken delegates at budget meetings are apparently commonplace, unnamed insiders say in the Newser report. And among the worst offenders: African delegations, one Western diplomat claimed in the report.

Others see it as more a global problem, with delegates from all the nations hitting the bottle before — and during and after — important budget gatherings, Newser says, citing Foreign Policy reports.

"It's not just Africans," one Security Council diplomat said in the report. "The Russians do it. ... Canada used to bring whiskey. The French used to bring bottles of wine."

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