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Electricity Green List passed/Holds reasons breakdown

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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



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.
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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 

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

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