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Hi Peter, Thanks for your e-mail about the gap between contracts approved for shipment to Iraq, and contracts actually arrived. We had a brief correspondence on this list about this last May under the thread name "banned goods". My posting at http://www.casi.org.uk/discuss/2001/msg00425.html set out what I knew then, which hasn't changed. I've looked at some of the other postings in that thread as my recollection is that some others also addressed this question; I gave up before finding these, though. You're absolutely right that the holds don't explain this gap. Best, p.s. for those who don't know, messages posted to this discussion list are archived on the CASI website. The archive can be searched. Colin Rowat work | Room 406, Department of Economics | The University of Birmingham | Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK | web.bham.ac.uk/c.rowat | (+44/0) 121 414 3754 | (+44/0) 121 414 7377 (fax) | email@example.com personal | (+44/0) 7768 056 984 (mobile) | (+44/0) 7092 378 517 (fax) | (707) 221 3672 (US fax) | firstname.lastname@example.org -----Original Message----- From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of peter kiernan Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2002 3:04 AM To: email@example.com Subject: Query on Oil For Food Hello, I would like to find out from any-one who can explain the procedure of the oil for food program. Basically, as of the end of phase X (Dec 2001), only $17b. worth of contracts have been recieved in Iraq, despite approximately $30b. having been approved by the UN sanctions committee. This disparity cannot be explained by the $5b. in held-up contracts, but the difference between contracts approved and contracts delivered. It could a matter of bureaucracy, of either the Iraqi govt., the UN, or problems with the contractors. If any-one can shed light on this issue, I really would appreciate it, best, Peter Kiernan _________________________________________________________ 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.