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Management of the United Nations Oil-For-Food Programme

September 7, 2005

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Independent Inquiry Committee. Management of the United Nations Oil-For-Food Programme. September 7, 2005

The Independent Inquiry Committee has issued its definitive Report on the overall management and oversight of the “temporary” Oil for Food Programme, a programme which stretched to seven years with more than $100 billion in transactions (over $64 billion in oil sales and approximately $37 billion for food). In preceding interim reports and briefing papers, the Committee has reported the results of its investigations on specific aspects of the Oil for Food Programme. Responsibility for what went wrong with the Programme cannot be laid exclusively at the door of the Secretariat. Members of the Security Council and its 661 Committee must shoulder their share of the blame in providing uneven and wavering direction in the implementation of the Programme...

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