UNITED NATIONS, July 29 (UPI) -- Myanmar's imposing low rates resulting in a $10 million loss in currency exchange rates for U.N. humanitarian aid is troublesome, the U.S. ambassador said.
The U.N.'s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reportedly acknowledged a $10 million loss in currency exchange in Myanmar because government officials for the country formerly known as Burma tell the United Nations how to exchange its money at an artificially low rate.
"Of course we're against any waste of resources that taxpayers around the world and member states provide to meet the needs of people around the world," U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalizad said Tuesday.
The United Nations also is reportedly concerned about its aid pegged for humanitarian purposes being diverted for other uses, not just in Myanmar, but in other countries as well, he said.
"We also do not want any diversion of it to unintended goals," he said.
When appeals needing quick resolution come up in the future, Khalizad said, "What we do with whatever resources are devoted to future humanitarian efforts have to be informed" by recipient countries setting artificially low rates.