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Although it was mentioned in today's "Oil supplement" from Peter Brooke, I thought I would hilight that on 5th December the UN Security Council passed resolution 1330 (http://www.un.org/Docs/scres/2000/res1330e.pdf) which extends the Oil for Food programme for another 180 days. Iraq has not yet accepted the resolution, as far as I know. The resolution contains several new initiatives, which I briefly summarise here: para 7: allocates another $600m for oil-industry spares etc. para 8: "Expresses readiness to consider, in the light of the cooperation of the Government of Iraq in implementing all the resolutions of the Council," allowing $15m of oil-for-food money to be used to pay Iraq's UN membership fees. para 10: Directs the 661 committee to set up "green lists" for electricity and housing sectors (i.e. lists of items which will not require approval to import, unless they are dual-use). para 11: Asks for expanded and updated versions of the existing 'green lists'. para 12: reduces the amount of oil-for-food money going into the Compensation Fund to 25% (formerly 30%), and allocates the 'spare' money to humantarian projects addressing the needs of the most vulnerable groups in Iraq. para 15: This seems to be moving towards the long-awaited "cash component". It asks the Secretary-General to "make the necessary arrangements, subject to the approval of the Council, to allow funds deposited in the escrow account established by resolution 986 (1995) to be used for the purchase of locally produced goods and to meet the local cost for essential civilian needs which have been funded in accordance with the provisions of resolution 986 (1995) and related resolutions, including, where appropriate, the cost of installation and training services". It also releases 600 million euros towards installation, maintainance and training costs for oil industry spares which have already been purchased under oil-for-food. para 18: Asks the S-G to investigate other oil export routes from Iraq. Yours, Seb Wills -- Seb Wills Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq www.casi.org.uk -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq For removal from list, email email@example.com Full details of CASI's various lists can be found on the CASI website: http://www.casi.org.uk