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Re: Info urgently needed on Sanctions Committee and chemotherapy

Dear Eri:

Karol Sikora, Chief of the Cancer Programme of  the World 
Health Organisation (WHO) and Professor of International 
Cancer Medicine at Imperial College, London has alleged 
that 'Requested radiotherapy equipment, chemotherapy drugs, 
and analgesics are consistently blocked by United States 
and British advisers. There seems to be a rather ludicrous 
notion that such agents could be converted into chemical or 
other weapons'[Karol Sikora, 'Cancer Services Are Suffering 
in Iraq', British Medical Journal, vol. 318 (16 January 
1999), p. 203. <>.] 
Apparently he and a WHO panel investigated this matter. I 
have followed it up with Professor Sikora, and have 
received a reply, but only a quick and inconclusive from 
outside the UK. He informed me that the WHO did not 
replace him and does not do work on cancer any more. The 
Foreign Office maintain that his statement re blocking is 
untrue. For what it's worth, I doubt that they are 
consistently blocked now, although they may have been in 
the past. Instead, I suspect that sometimes they get 
delayed due to claims of dual use concerns and requirements 
for reassurance on end user for each batch. You 
can check the 'status of contracts' lists on the OIP 
website, but even then the identification of commodities 
for each contract is very opaque.

Certainly, at this stage no conclusive, demonstrable claim 
can be made at this stage. 

Best wishes


On Wed, 7 Jun 2000 19:49:22 +0200 Eri Garuti 
<> wrote:

> Dear all,
> I urgently need to know how to proove that the 661 Committee blocks or has
> blocked medicines for chemioterapy.
> Thanks a lot in advance to all those who can give me any info about
> documents on this subject.
> Eri Garuti

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)117-973-2133

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