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Expenditure on feeding dogs

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. 



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 
how much it spends on dog food.

  The spat began June 28 when Iraq's deputy Foreign 
Riyadh al-Qaysi told the UN Security Council that sniffer 
used in a UN de-mining program in Iraq's Kurdistan region 
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, 
refute al-Qaysi's charge.

  "Contrary to what was stated regarding the cost of 
dogs, during the period July 1999 to June 2000, 140 dogs 
deployed under the programme, each of which was fed 0.8 kg 
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 

  "The average cost of feeding one dog during this period 
was 34 
dollars per month... or 408 dollars per year and not 1,248 
per year as stated in the council recently." 

  Without mentioning al-Qaysi by name, Sevan went on to 
his claims that UN personnel were getting rich at the 

  "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
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Bristol BS8 1TU
England, UK
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