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[ Presenting plain-text part of multi-format email ] Dear Casi <"This is Iraqi money. The people of Iraq must know where it is going."> ! Best regards Ghazwan Al-Mukhtar Baghdad, Occupied Iraq http://www.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30200-12857088,00.html IRAQ AID FUND SCANDAL Billions of pounds earmarked for Iraq have vanished after being handed to the US-controlled governing body, a study has revealed. At least £3.1bn has been passed to the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), leading UK aid agency Chrisitan Aid calculates. But figures unearthed by the charity show only a fifth of those development funds have been accounted for. And Christian Aid says the missing £2.4bn "black hole" will double by the end of the year unless the CPA's accounts are made public. Tony Blair has been challenged to account for the cash as a United Nations-backed donors conference gets under way in Madrid. The Prime Minister and US President George Bush last week won a new UN resolution calling for international contributions of money and troops. Those donations will go into a new fund overseen by the UN and the World Bank. But failure to show where the existing cash has gone will fuel suspicion among Iraqis that large amounts are being creamed off by US firms given contracts to rebuild the country, Christian Aid said. One senior European diplomat told the charity: "We have absolutely no idea how the money has been spent. "I wish I knew, but we just don't know. We have absolutely no idea." Roger Riddell, Christian Aid's international director, called the situation "little short of scandalous". He said: "The British Government must use its position of second in command of the CPA to demand full disclosure of this money and its proper allocation in the future. "This is Iraqi money. The people of Iraq must know where it is going." [ x.gif of type image/gif removed by lists.casi.org.uk - attachments are not permitted on the CASI lists ] _______________________________________________ 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