Five UN missions get white powder letters
Police are investigating letters containing white powder that were
sent to five U.N. missions in New York City, but diplomats from the
affected countries said on Tuesday that the material was harmless.
The U.N. missions of Austria, France, Germany and Uzbekistan received
letters with an unidentified white powder on Monday.
Britain's U.N. mission in Manhattan also received a letter containing
white powder on Tuesday and authorities were decontaminating the office
where it was found, a British diplomat in New York told Reuters. The New
York Police Department has said that it had already decontaminated 40
people as a precaution.
"The material is being examined by the authorities, and the
preliminary finding we've received is that it was not dangerous,"
Austrian U.N. Ambassador Thomas Mayr-Harting said at U.N. headquarters.