Saturday, March 26, 2005

UN Whitewash upcoming.

UN: Wall Street Journal got the early scoop on the report to be released on Tuesday on Kofi Annan and son.

"An investigative panel probing the United Nations' oil-for-food program in Iraq will for the first time directly fault Secretary-General Kofi Annan for management lapses involving his son and a controversial contractor, according to people who have seen the contents of the panel's report. Moreover, the panel, appointed by Mr. Annan and headed by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, will criticize Mr. Annan for failing to spot or take action to correct systemic failures in the U.N.'s internal bureaucracy that allowed problems inside the program to continue until 2003, these people said. The report is set to be released Tuesday. "Mr. Annan is particularly criticized for failing to pay enough attention to conflicts of interest involving his son, Kojo, who worked as a consultant for a Swiss company, Cotecna Inspection Services SA, that was seeking lucrative U.N. contracts, these people said. At the same time, the panel has concluded that there is no evidence Mr. Annan rigged the U.N.'s procurement system in the oil-for-food program, exerted undue influence over contractors or ever sought or received improper financial benefits, these people said.

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