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In all fairness to the Occupying Authority, and I am reluctant to defend them, the sum of money mentioned in the report is not a firmly established figure. "Christian Aid said in a report that the Coalition Provisional Authority had explained publicly only how it had spent $1-billion of the $5-billion it has been given for Iraqi development. The funds include $1-billion from the former UN Oil for Food program, $2.5-billion in assets seized from Saddam Hussein's former regime and $1.5-billion in oil revenue, the group said. " Of the 2.5 billion assets ceased from the Saddam Hussein, much of that was probably offshore assets and not necessarily readily realised, or even ought to be realised. Another large portion of that 2.5 billion could be various news media reports of large sums of US dollars ceased by the Coalition forces in their advance. Including at least one widely publicised report of $600 million US cash. These reports were clearly fiction, not based in any reality. Indeed it would be very difficult to obtain 600 million US cash in any country, even the US let alone Iraq. Given these sums of money didnt exist in the first place, one can hardly accuse the CPA of mismanaging them. But the whole transparancy of the Oil for Food programme is still a very much an open question as is how and to whom the UN allocated contracts to. ____________________________________________________________ Enter for a chance to win one year's supply of allergy relief! http://ad.doubleclick.net/clk;6413623;3807821;f?http://mocda3.com/1/c/563632/125699/307982/307982 This offer applies to U.S. Residents Only _______________________________________________ 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