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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 <email@example.com> 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 <http://www.un.org/Depts/oip/reports/180day4.html> 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 http://www.bris.ac.uk/Depts/Politics Eric.Herring@bristol.ac.uk -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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