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In my last submission I send the the press release of the Kurdistan regional government complaining that more than 50% of their share of the Oil for Food programme remained unallocated and unaccounted for. By looking at the UN website http://www.un.org/Depts/oip/dp/dp13/index.html, one begins to see why this might be the case. The current allocation includes "The approved plan forwarded to the President of the Security Council on 6 January, totals US$4.93 billion. Although less than Iraq's submission for phase Xll ($5 billion), the plan maintains the food sector's share at almost $1.27 billion. The balance, covering 24 other sectors, includes: $359.5 million for the rehabilitation of water supply and sanitation systems, more than $272 million for electrical power supply, $143 million for the medical sector, and a special allocation of almost $344 million for especially vulnerable groups." That is, more than 1 billion going towards reconstruction including towards water supply, saniatation and power supply. Not uncoincidently at the same time we read about the companies that have successfully be granted contracts for reconstruction. http://www.opensecrets.org/news/rebuilding_iraq/index.asp Predominantly US companies such as Bechtel, Fluor corporation, Halliburton etc. As the occupying power, presumably the US command now has the authority to spend the Oil for Food programme monies as it sees fit. It is hardly surprising therefore that this is the first time that anywhere close to the requested allocation (and income stream) has been granted by the UN. It now becomes clearer just why such large sums of the Oil for Food programme money has been allowed to accumulate and why we can look forward to it being soon swiftedly spent...and who it is who will profit from it. (Lets not mention compensation for the destruction caused by illegal, unprovoked invasions - that has still to be determined - but one suspects that will only cover Iraqs invasion of Kuwait, not the US invasion of Iraq). Tom Young ____________________________________________________________ Get advanced SPAM filtering on Webmail or POP Mail ... Get Lycos Mail! http://login.mail.lycos.com/r/referral?aid=27005 _______________________________________________ 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 email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk