UNITED NATIONS – The U.N. Security Council is expected to vote soon on a resolution recognizing the link between conflict and the threat of famine.
Dutch Ambassador Karel Van Oosterom, whose country sponsored the resolution, says the text was agreed on Wednesday and a vote is likely Thursday.
The draft resolution calls on all parties in conflicts to comply with international humanitarian law and stop attacks on farms, markets, water systems and other essentials for producing and transporting food, which is indispensable for the survival of civilians.
It also strongly condemns "the use of starvation of civilians as a method of warfare in a number of conflict situations."
The U.N. World Food Program reported in March that between 108 million and 124 million people in conflict situations suffer from severe malnutrition.