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Full text of OIP update: http://www.un.org/Depts/oip/latest/wu30May01.html Edited version below: Dear all The latest OIP update has two bits of news: 1) the electricity green list has finally been passed. 2) one-third of holds currently are because they (allegedly) contain 1051 (dual-use) list items; 8.3 per cent are suspected non-1051 list dual-use items; half of all holds are awaiting 'technical' info or end- use/end-user info Cheers Mil Milan Rai, Joint Coordinator Voices in the Wilderness UK Personal address 29 Gensing Road, St Leonards on Sea, E. Sussex TN38 0HE. Phone 0845 458 9571. Pager 07623 746 462. NEW email address: email@example.com EDITED VERSION United Nations Office of the Iraq Programme 30 May 2001 Weekly update (19- 25 May 2001) On 24 May 2001, the Security Council’s 661 sanctions committee approved a list of about 100 items in the electricity sector for “fast- track” processing. Similar lists now exist for seven other sectors of the oil-for-food programme, namely for food, health, education, agriculture, water and sanitation, housing, oil industry spare parts and equipment. There was a modest drop in the value of contracts placed on hold by the 661 Committee, bringing the total to $3.67 billion, covering 1,696 contracts. This represents 17.4 per cent of the value of all contracts circulated to the Committee. The “holds” comprised 1,143 contracts worth $3.22 billion for humanitarian supplies and 553 contracts worth $451 million for oil industry spare parts and equipment. In the course of the week, the Committee lifted the hold on 10 contracts worth $36.9 million, and placed on hold 23 new contracts, valued at $27.3 million. The “released” contracts included locomotives, dental supplies, fans and compressors. The new “holds” covered cranes, trucks, medical supplies, hydraulic pumps and generators. The Committee members cite various reasons for placing a contract on hold. Of the total value of the contracts on hold currently, 52.2 per cent require additional technical or end-use/end- user information; 33.4 per cent contain “1051 list” items; 8.3 per cent are thought to be of “dual use”; 4.7 per cent await further evaluation by the Committee; 1.15 per cent cover oil industry spare parts and equipment and are placed on hold as not directly relating to the repair of Iraqi oil infrastructure for the increase of oil exports. The remaining 0.25 per cent fall under the category of “other reasons”, which could range from payment mechanism clauses that are not permitted, questionable prices to illegible documentation. For further information please call Hasmik Egian in the Office of the Iraq Programme on 1.212.963.4341 -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq For removal from list, email firstname.lastname@example.org Full details of CASI's various lists can be found on the CASI website: http://www.casi.org.uk