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> the irish times article at > http://www.ireland.com/newspaper/world/2001/1022/wor16.htm > contained this bit- > > Mr Annan had reported that "Iraq has made preparation of the distribution > plan unnecessarily cumbersome, that it has declined to revise the > distribution plan allocations, that it is responsible for slow contracting > for essential supplies and has created considerable delays in the > opening of letters of credit." > > Anyone know where and when Anan said this? Hi Andrew, When statements about the 'oil for food' programme attributed to Kofi Annan, it is usually one of the 90 or 180 day reports that is being referred to. These are submitted in his name, but not written by him; he doesn't usually involve himself directly with the programme. In this case, the report is the Phase X 90 day report. To explain some of this jargon: the 'oil for food' programme is organised in 180 day phases. (No one seems to think that there are any advantages to this division. Even the US/UK proposals this summer would have abolished these periods; in the end, they were kept, presumably because the US/UK wanted to keep this concession in reserve to bargain with later.) At the mid (90 day) and end (180 day) points of each phase, a report is submitted in the Secretary-General's name to the Security Council. These form the core of the publically available information on 'oil for food' and the humanitarian situation in Iraq. CASI's website has a list of them at http://www.casi.org.uk/info/un.html#sg. They invariably contain criticisms of both the Iraqi government and the Security Council: both sides have failed to take all the steps that they could have to improve matters. The claims made in the Irish Times are not direct quotes from the report, but all seem to be taken from its first page. Usually, the S-G's reports are accompanied by verbal presentations to the Security Council by the Executive Director of the Office of the Iraq Programme in New York (see http://www.un.org/Depts/oip/chron.html for the links). These have often allowed somewhat more pointed observations to be made than those found in the S-G reports. The Phase X 90 day report, though, was released on 28 September (see http://www.un.org/Depts/oip/reports/S2001_919.pdf), two weeks after the WTC attacks. Thus, the verbal presentation to the Council was allegedly suppressed by the UN Secretariat: given the charged atmosphere, they did not want to cause any further trouble. I hope that this helps, Colin Rowat work | Room 406, Department of Economics | The University of Birmingham | Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK | 0121 414 3754 | firstname.lastname@example.org personal | 07768 056 984 (mobile) | (707) 221 3672 (US fax) | email@example.com _________________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Get your free @yahoo.com address at http://mail.yahoo.com -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq For removal from list, email firstname.lastname@example.org CASI's website - www.casi.org.uk - includes an archive of all postings.