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Re: [casi] oil for food program stopped



There were some media reports last week that the US has a plan to employ
Iraqi soldiers in reconstruction work after the war, and pay their salaries.
Donald Rumsfeld stated that money to pay these salaries would come from
Iraq's overseas frozen assets, and from the Oil for Food program account. To
my knowledge there is no facility in the now suspended program to pay
salaries for civil servants or military personnel, and any change would
require a SC resolution. No-one in the press picked up that the funds for
oil for food are kept in a UN controlled escrow account, and there would be
legality issues if the US or any-one else wanted to get access to it. I
think this is something worth following.
Peter Kiernan
----- Original Message -----
From: "pjw8" <Philippa.Winkler@NAU.EDU>
To: "casi-discuss" <casi-discuss@lists.casi.org.uk>
Sent: Thursday, March 20, 2003 4:30 PM
Subject: [casi] oil for food program stopped


> Friends,
> The US Department of Energy is now giving daily updates on energy prices
etc,
> because of the war:
> website:http://www.eia.doe.gov/emeu/security/esar/esar.html.
>
> This was sent by the DoE:
>
> "Production/Export/Infrastructure Developments
> Iraq: As of Thursday morning, Iraqi oil exports effectively were halted
except
> for a small amount of remaining oil to be loaded from storage tanks at
> Turkey's
> port of Ceyhan. This is because, with the departure of UN staff from Iraq
and
> with war appearing imminent, the UN "oil-for-food" program is effectively
on
> hold. Earlier reports had indicated that no oil was leaving Iraq's Persian
> Gulf
> port of Mina al-Bakr, and that buyers were shying away from purchases of
Iraqi
> oil. As of 9 AM Thursday, there have been reports (on Kuwaiti and Iranian
> television) regarding possible oil fires near Basra in southern Iraq.
Iraqi
> Oil
> Minister Rasheed has denied these reports. In statements made on Thursday
> afternoon, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said that he has seen
indications
> that the Iraqi regime may have set fires to oil wells in the South.
>
>
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