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December 2, 2004

President Bush Calls for Full U.N. Oil-For-Food Probe

Topics: International News

9 minutes ago - WASHINGTON (Reuters):

The Bush administration made clear on Thursday it would not take a position on whether U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan (news - web sites) should resign as it awaited the results of an investigation into the U.N. oil-for-food scandal.

President Bush (news - web sites) called for a "full and open" accounting of Iraq (news - web sites)'s now-defunct oil-for-food program following accusations Iraqi President Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) illegally reaped billions of dollars from it because of Annan's lack of oversight.

While that probe is still pending Secretary of State Colin Powell (news - web sites) said the administration will not take a position one way or another on whether Annan should step down.

"It would be inappropriate for the president to offer an opinion on this matter," Powell said in an interview with Radio Sawa, a U.S.-funded, Arabic-language network targeting mainly youths in the Arab world.

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"We have all worked very closely with Kofi Annan," Powell said, adding that he was certain Annan was anxious to get to the bottom of the issue. "And so, the president would, of course, not take a position at this point, nor would I. We want to see the results of these inquiries," Powell said.

Amid a call from a prominent Republican senator for Annan to resign, Bush and other officials have neither defended the secretary general nor joined calls for his ouster.  Read More...
There will be updates to this story....

Background 1: We'll start with an African connections to the OFFP from an article on April 23,2004 - Read More at AllAfrica.com..
Background 2: The French connection 1 from The Scotsman, Oct 7, 2004 - Read More at the Scotsman...
Background 3: Heritage Foundation Oct 19, 2004, French conection and call for Kofi to step down.
More to come....

Posted by Hyscience at December 2, 2004 8:11 PM

The UN is full of corruption and the SG who was DPKO Chief knows very well no reforms are in place to counter corruption. It is simply just have an under cover study and you will see how many crooks are in Finance, procurement and Contract Command units. As a UN employee I hate to see donations from various countries spoiled.

The UN has a lot of good but internally it is the most corrupt system in the World should you take a poll I am sure at least 90% of all staff member working in the system will say the system needs reform from the bottom up and corruption is probably on going and will never change.

RJ

Posted by: Robert at April 1, 2005 7:21 AM



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