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 The URL for Sevan's report is <http://www.un.org/Depts/oip/latest/BVS260202.htm>. It's too long to post, but Sevan's conclusion is unusually blunt: "The work of the Security Council Committee has bogged down almost to a standstill; one could say - without any hesitation - that the work of the Committee is paralyzed with numerous issues awaiting action for long periods of time. There is a need for a serious review of the workings of the Committee in order to bring about the necessary adjustments commensurate with the challenges to be met in ensuring the effective implementation of the programme. Unless this is carried out, and carried out most urgently, the effective implementation of the programme may grind to a halt. We already are witnessing major cracks in our capacity to implement the programme effectively, with so many political and procedural hurdles, compounded by substantial drop in revenues available for programme implementation. I should like to appeal to all concerned to safeguard the distinct humanitarian identity of the programme which has, unfortunately, been over-politicized and increasingly overshadowed by, as well as embroiled in the current political atmosphere. It is essential for all to bear in mind that whatever decisions are taken, they will have major implications on the daily lives of the civilian population of Iraq." ---  Regarding the raids against money transfer agents servicing Iraqi refugees, the estimate I cited* ("$6-7 billion in such transfers occurring annually ...") is almost certainly inflated. Two reasons for doubting the estimate: First, Al-Shafei claims use by 80-90% of Iraqi refugees in America, but handled only around $15-million in 1999 and 2000. Second, the latest Economist (Feb-23, p. 41) puts remittances from Latin American refugees at $15-billion annually, but this flows from a vastly larger refugee population (15-million people in the US alone). --- * <http://www.casi.org.uk/discuss/2002/msg00265.html> _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk