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This came from the USIA website. Is this a proper copy of a UN 

The National Security Council has released the following updated fact 
sheet on the UN's Oil-for-Food program for Iraq: (begin text)
Humanitarian Aid Under The Sanctions Regime
>From the outset, the UN has provided humanitarian exemptions to the 
economic sanctions it imposed upon Iraq following Saddam Hussein's 
invasion of Kuwait.  These exemptions for food, medicine and other 
humanitarian supplies are designed to alleviate the suffering of the 
Iraqi people while preserving the integrity of the sanctions regime.
The sanctions currently in force are necessary to compel Saddam 
Hussein's compliance with the terms of the cease-fire which he agreed 
to following the Gulf War, and which, seven years later, he has still 
failed to meet.  He alone has the power to lift these sanctions by 
complying with all relevant UN resolutions.The Oil-for-Food Program
The U.S. originally proposed the "oil-for-food" program in 1991, 
immediately after the Gulf War.  This program allows Iraq to export 
crude oil for the purchase of humanitarian goods under UN supervision.  
All proceeds from oil sales are deposited into an escrow account 
controlled by the UN.  Iraq may draw from this account to purchase 
food, medicine and humanitarian supplies through approved contracts 
only.  Deductions are made for war reparations, humanitarian purchases 
for northern Iraq, and operating expenses.
Saddam Hussein rebuffed this humanitarian gesture for almost six years 
in hopes of cynically manipulating the plight of the Iraqi people to 
gain international sympathy.  UNSCR 986 was finally implemented in 
December 1996, establishing the oil-for-food program with a $2.1 
billion ceiling over six months.
The UN has consistently renewed the oil-for-food program.  UNSCR 1111, 
adopted in June 1997, and UNSCR 1143, adopted in December 1997, each 
extended the program for six months.  Since the program was first 
implemented, over 6.3 million metric tons of relief has arrived in Iraq.
UNSCR 1153In February 1998, the UN voted to further increase the oil-for-food 
program by adopting UNSCR 1153.  The amount of humanitarian aid 
available to the Iraqi people under UNSCR 1153 represents the most 
extensive relief effort in the history of the United Nations.  The 
$5.256 billion in oil sales it authorizes over the first six-month 
period is without precedent.  The following comparisons offer a sense 
of the program's magnitude:
-- According to UN figures, the amount of aid available under UNSCR 
1153 is nearly equivalent to the total amount of worldwide 
humanitarian assistance provided to all countries targeted by the UN 
for relief over the past three years combined ($3,887,648,218).
-- The amount of oil exports authorized by UNSCR 1153 is more than 
double that permitted by previous oil-for-food resolutions.  Since 
1996, the sanctions committee supervising the oil-for-food program has 
approved over 2,000 contracts for humanitarian aid to Iraq worth more 
than $4 billion total, averaging approximately $225 million per month.  
When UNSCR 1153 is fully implemented, the average amount of aid will 
exceed $550 million per month for the six months it is in effect.
As a further indication of its commitment to improve the humanitarian 
situation, the UN recently authorized the export to Iraq of $300 
million in parts and equipment needed to increase its oil drilling 
capacity to the levels permitted by UNSCR 1153.  These infrastructure 
improvements would ensure that the oil-for-food program's full 
potential can be achieved and the maximum quantities of food and 
medicine can reach the Iraqi people.Saddam Hussein's Manipulations
Saddam Hussein's spending habits prior to and during implementation of 
the oil-for-food program clearly demonstrate that he has no intentions 
of alleviating the plight of his people.
-- The Iraqi regime continues to build lavish palaces, hide its 
weapons of mass destruction, and hoard food for its elite military 
units, instead of devote resources to the caring and feeding of its people.
-- Since implementation of the oil-for-food program, the Iraqi regime 
has drastically reduced its own food purchases by some $300 million to 
$500 million per year.
Were the sanctions lifted today, prior to the regime forsaking its 
threatening chemical and biological weapons programs, Saddam Hussein 
would doubtless divert the vast sums he could generate in oil sales to 
reconstituting his arsenal.  Oil-for-food would quickly become oil-for-tanks.
The oil-for-food program relies on over 150 dedicated UN observers, 
who travel without restriction throughout Iraq, ensuring that food and 
medicine are delivered to the Iraqi people and not to government 
warehouses.  Despite attempts by Saddam Hussein to limit their 
movements and deny relief to certain parts of the country, the UN 
observers have ensured an equitable distribution of humanitarian aid 
throughout Iraq.
Since 1991, the U.S. has led efforts in the Security Council to meet 
the humanitarian needs of the Iraqi people through the oil-for-food 
program.  As the largest donor to UN humanitarian programs, the U.S. 
plays a central role in the implementation of all multi-lateral relief 
efforts.  Although the U.S. is determined not to lift the economic 
sanctions until Saddam Hussein fully complies with all UN resolutions, 
it is equally committed to minimizing the humanitarian consequences 
for the Iraqi people.Updated August 18, 1998(end text)#  #  #
Mark Parkinson
Head of IT and Computer Services
Bodmin Community College
Cornwall PL31 1DD
United Kingdom
tel: 01208 72114
fax: 01208 78680
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