Skip to comments.Very U.N.-Attractive - A leaked audit gives hints of the Oil-for-Food corruption.
Posted on 05/18/2004 9:08:50 PM PDT by Shermy
In the scandal over the U.N. Oil-for-Food program in Iraq, Kofi Annan's main line of defense has been that he didn't know. Perhaps he should take a closer look at internal U.N. Oil-for-Food audit reports, more than 50 in all, produced by his own Office of Internal Oversight Services--the same reports he's declined to share with the Security Council, or release to Congress. One of these reports has now leaked. It concerns the U.N. Secretariat's mishandling of the hiring of inspectors to authenticate the contents of relief shipments into sanctions-bound Iraq. (Obtained by a journalist specializing in the mining industry, Timothy Wood, a copy of this report can be found at www.mineweb.com.)
Reflecting the findings of a U.N. internal audit conducted during the sixth year of the seven-year Oil-for-Food program, the report focuses on one contractor hired directly by the U.N. Secretariat: Swiss-based Cotecna Inspection SA. This is the same company that, while bidding against several rivals for its initial Oil-for-Food contract in 1998, had Mr. Annan's son, Kojo, on its payroll as a consultant. Both Mr. Annan and Cotecna's CEO, Robert Massey, have insisted that the contract was strictly in accordance with U.N. rules.
Although this report doesn't mention Kojo, it does go on for 20 pages about inadequacies and violations in the U.N.'s handling of the Cotecna contract. The report explains that "the Contract had been amended prior to its commencement, which was inappropriate" and recounts that within four days of Cotecna signing its initial lowball contract for $4.87 million, both Oil-for-Food and the U.N. Procurement Division had authorized "additional costs" totaling $356,000 worth of equipment. ... ...
(Excerpt) Read more at opinionjournal.com ...
Rosett was on John Batchelor's show. She mentioned that the www.mineweb.com site had just been hacked (hmmm) and the owner is trying to get it back up.
Maybe mankind has hit an evolutionary dead end in our ability to handle problems.
Kofi Annan's main line of defense has been that he didn't know.
Yeah, right, Coughie. Your son was involved but you didn't know anything about it.
When will our elected officials get us out of this corrupt, biased NWO outfit? Why do they insist on giving our hard earned tax dollars to this Muslim loving cabal?
Of course we all know that having panties on pious Muslims' heads is a far greater scandal than this. Let's get back to the saturation coverage of the 'prison abuse scandal.'
Bump-edy-bump for later...
Thanks for the ping!
So Volcker doesn't really have a free hand to inspect . Wonder what his payoff is from kofi?
Kosovo screwed up.
Iraq maybe screwed up.
The Democratic party is screwed up
Men are marrying men
Women are marrying women
Judges are legislating and law makers are judging
Yep, everything is normal on the global front!
All he has to say is "I didn't know it, before I knew it", say he's sorry, put his greedy hand back out again and everything will be fine. Right?
Gosh, it couldn't be much, after all, Kofi is nothing but a little ol' humanitarian who has no interest in power or money.
Why I bet everything that may have given him an iota of an opportunity to become a member of the "elite" has gone to the poor and destitute of the world...and the Spotted Owl!
Cotecna is a real can of worms.
The fox is still minding the hen house on the Oil-for-Food program. I'm glad that Timothy Wood at least found some of the feathers.
Here's the mineweb article. Has links to spreadsheets, etc. at the bottom
If it is left up to John Kerry and the Democrats America will be placed under the UN.
Claudia, my heroine.
There continues to be a media deafness about this acandal.
Pray for W and The Truth
Too bad with prevailing media culture that this won't get the play it deserves. Paul Volker is presiding over an investigation that can only be a whitewash. He has no power to subpoena or prosecute those guilty and neither does the UN.
Can anyone imagine France going along with a sanction or any country involved sanction their diplomats or companies involved?