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Dear Sir or Madam, The article 'UN nears new Iraq aid deal' contains a serious error: the title. The 'oil for food' programme is the use of Iraqi funds for the purchase of commodities. By no stretch of the imagination is it 'financial or material help given by one country to another', a common dictionary definition of 'aid'. This is not linguistic sophistry, but an important part of the controversy that has surrounded the resumption of the programme. Quite apart from the logistic problems of delivering supplies, the funds committed by the United States and United Kingdom for humanitarian assistance have been grossly inadequate to cover for the damage and disruption of the war they are waging. Instead, Iraqis are being made to bear all the cost and risk, and the fact that the UN assumes the authority to administer the funds proceeding from Iraqi exports does not make it 'aid'. I look forward to seeing this corrected. Yours faithfully, Per Klevnäs _______________________________________________ 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