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According to the UN "Iraq" has not been "implementing purchases" permitted under the oil-for-food deal (extract from AP article below). What's worrying is the proliferation of the suggestion that "Iraq is deliberately inflating its humanitarian problems" as a result of this revelation. Does anyone know anything about the "food" element of "oil-for-food", and what may be the role of the Iraqi government (or any other government, for that matter) in this situation? **************************** UN: Iraq Not Buying Food Under Plan Wednesday, January 13, 1999; 9:22 p.m. EST UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Though the United Nations is allowing Iraq to sell some oil to buy needed food, the world body said Wednesday that it hadn't received any recent contracts to get the food to Iraqis. Western diplomats fear Iraq may be delaying signing such humanitarian aid contracts at a time when it is trying to increase pressure to have the U.N. oil embargo lifted. Under the U.N. oil-for-food program, Baghdad is allowed to bypass a ban on its oil sales and sell a limited amount to buy humanitarian aid. U.N. spokesman John Mills said Wednesday that Iraq was authorized to buy $8 million in high-protein biscuits in the last half of 1998 but hasn't acted. He also said the world body has only received one contract to provide special therapeutic milk for severely malnourished children. State Department spokesman James P. Rubin on Wednesday pointed to the delays in ordering food by Iraq in describing what he called the Iraqi hypocrisy. ``While complaining that the Iraqi people are suffering, Iraq has failed to order and distribute food and medicine that would alleviate problems in this area,'' Rubin said. ******************************* -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To be removed/added, email firstname.lastname@example.org, NOT the whole list. Archived at http://linux.clare.cam.ac.uk/~saw27/casi/discuss.html