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More precise info re Lloyd's claims last night

Sorry for not being as specific as I should have been - the 
rebuttal to Lloyd follows:

On Tue, 26 Jan 1999 15:28:53 +0000 (GMT) Rania Masri 
<> wrote:

> On Tue, 26 Jan 1999, Seb Wills wrote:
> [...]
> > Mr Lloyd also said "Let us look at the way in which Iraq tries to
> > prioritise spending of oil for food money. The Iraqi distribution plan for
> > the present six-month phase in the programme allocates less food than it
> > did when the programme was worth only $2 billion; it is now worth some
> > $5.3 billion. It reduces the daily food ration from 2,200 calories to
> > 2,050, and reduces spending on medicine." 
> > [anyone know if his facts are correct and the reasons?]

In the centre and south of the country where the programme 
is adminstered directly by the Iraqi government and 
monitored by the UN, the situation is not improving greatly.
Only as of September 1998 through November 1998 has the 
programme successfully delivered food baskets in the centre 
and south of the country of a mere 2,030 kilocalories per 
day, and even then World Food Programme (WFP) observers 
indicated that almost two thirds of households surveyed 
claimed that the rations last at most 20 days. The poor 
performance of the programme is due to shortage of funds.6 
The UN's assessment is that 986 has not reversed the 
malnutrition in Iraq but merely stabilised 'previously 
rising levels'. The levels of general malnutrition (measured
in terms of weight for age) are 14.7% of infants and 25% of 
children under five. 

The precise reference for this is Report of the 
Secretary-General Pursuant to Praragraph Council 10 of 
Security Council Resolution 1153 (1998) S/1998/1100 19 
November 1998, para. 29. Available online at 

ALthough the supply of medical drugs has increased [Which 
is the opposite of Lloyd's claim], the UN believes that 
these will have 'little overall impact on public health 
services without better facilities and staff motivation.

The precise reference for this is the above Report of the 
Secretary-General, paras. 26, 27.9.     
Dr. Eric Herring
Department of Politics
University of Bristol
10 Priory Road
Bristol BS8 1TU
England, UK
Tel. +44-(0)117-928-8582
Fax +44-(0)117-9732133

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