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This piece below appeared on a recent Iraqi Sanctions Monitor digest. The basic Iraqi claim was that the UN spent more feeding its mine-sniffing dogs than Iraqis. Sevan costed their feeding at $408 dollars per year. Well, OFF deliveries of food since the programme's inception are a total of $305 per person throughout Iraq (northern governorates have some purchasing power outside the bulk purchasing process, so the real figure will be slightly higher). Per year of OFF the figure per person is $65. So the Iraqis may have exaggerated but they were still right. Cheers Eric UN-Iraq spat over feeding of mine-sniffing dogs UNITED NATIONS, July 13 (AFP) - The United Nations has responded to Iraqi complaints that it spends more on feeding its mine-sniffing dogs than the Iraqi people, by revealing in detail how much it spends on dog food. The spat began June 28 when Iraq's deputy Foreign Minister Riyadh al-Qaysi told the UN Security Council that sniffer dogs used in a UN de-mining program in Iraq's Kurdistan region were better fed than the Iraqis themselves. Two weeks later, on Thursday, the executive director of the Iraq Programme, Benon Sevan, went before the UN Sanctions Committee, armed with all the pertinent facts and figures, to refute al-Qaysi's charge. "Contrary to what was stated regarding the cost of de-mining dogs, during the period July 1999 to June 2000, 140 dogs were deployed under the programme, each of which was fed 0.8 kg of imported dog food," Sevan said. "The imported food was enhanced by local food such as chicken and fat," the UN official said before making his point. "The average cost of feeding one dog during this period was 34 dollars per month... or 408 dollars per year and not 1,248 dollars per year as stated in the council recently." Without mentioning al-Qaysi by name, Sevan went on to reject his claims that UN personnel were getting rich at the Iraqis' expense. "I very much regret to go into such details. I have been given no alternative in view of the remarks made," Seven said, adding that he did not want the UN's silence up to then on the matter to be misconstrued as an admission of guilt. The sanctions committee met behind closed doors, but the United Nations later made Sevan's statement public. * ---------------------- 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 http://www.bris.ac.uk/Depts/Politics firstname.lastname@example.org -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 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