UN evacuated over `suspicious odor`

The UN Security Council and General Assembly in New York were evacuated because of a "suspicious odor," a spokesman said.

Last Updated: Dec 22, 2010, 00:19 AM IST

United Nations: The UN Security Council and
General Assembly in New York were evacuated on Tuesday because of a "suspicious odor," a spokesman said.

Diplomats said there was a suspected gas leak in the
basement of the UN headquarters but that ambassadors and other
top officials had been moved as a precaution.

The UN spokesman, Farhan Haq, said the evacuation was a
"precautionary measure" and the UN with New York security
officials were trying to find the source of the odor.

The alarm was raised just before the scheduled start of a
special Security Council debate at which children from around
the world were to air their concerns to the world powers.

The children were all moved to the US mission across the
street from the UN headquarters.

PTI