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Thanks, Glen, for the extracts from the Distribution Plan submitted by the Iraqi Govt. to the Secretary-General in December. Although the plan was approved by the Secretary-General, the following extracts from an 11-Dec-98 letter from the Executive Director of the Office of the Iraq programme (Benon Sevan) to the Iraqi Rep. to the UN should be noted: [begin extract] Without any prejudice to the statement contained in paragraph 11 of the plan, the Secretary-General's acceptance of the plan does not constitute at this time an endorsement of either the budgetary allocation for telecommunications or of the specific items listed in annex VII to the plan. The Secretary-General awaits the Governmentís response to the report of the United Nations telecommunications experts, which was submitted to you under cover of my letter dated 30 October 1998, following the joint technical review by United Nations experts and the relevant technical ministries of the Government of Iraq. The Secretary-General will also await the presentation of a sufficiently detailed annex after the Government completes its consideration of a range of technical options referred to in paragraph 66 of the plan before commenting further on the Governmentís proposal. [end extract] [begin extract] I should also like to inform you that the Secretary-Generalís acceptance of the plan does not constitute an endorsement of either the budgetary allocation for equipment and supplies in support of the banking requirements referred to in paragraph 66 of the plan or the specific items listed in annex X to the plan. With respect to the above, it may be recalled that paragraph 8 of Security Council resolution 986 (1995) provides that the funds received from the export of Iraqi petroleum and petroleum products that are to be used to meet the humanitarian needs of the Iraqi population, shall be utilized to finance the export to Iraq "of medicine, health supplies, foodstuffs, and materials and supplies for essential civilian needs, as referred to in paragraph 20 of resolution 687 (1991)". Paragraph 20 of resolution 687 (1991) clarifies in this respect that the above category means materials and supplies for essential civilian needs as identified in the report of the Secretary-General dated 20 March 1991 (S/22366) and in any further findings of humanitarian need by the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 661 (1990). The Secretary-Generalís above-mentioned report contains no reference to materials and supplies needed for banking requirements; nor has the Security Council Committee, so far, made any findings in this regard. [end extract] For completeness, here's the "paragraph 11" of the D.P. which is referred to (the same DP which Glen quoted from) 11. The present condition of telecommunications throughout Iraq including its three northern governorates is extremely poor and requires immediate attention. A viable system of communications is integral to the life of the community and the successful implementation of the "Oil-for-food" programme including distribution of food and medicines in a more effective manner, communication inputs including telephone systems has been introduced, which are essential for information flow among service providers, for health education to communication and households, for coordination of sectors like food, agriculture, education, cultural; emergency health services, and environment. Due to the limited funds, US$ 126 million have been allocated, US$ 18.7 million allocated for three northern governorates. The basic needs are reflected in the attachments. -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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