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UN Scandal Report Censures, Then Clears Annan

The Independent Inquiry Committee into the United Nations Oil-For-Food Programme, chaired by Paul Volcker released it's second interim report today blasting Kofi Annan for failing to notice massive fraud in the Oil-For-Food Programme and for his sons financial ties to a firm that won U.N. contracts from the program. They did not find evidence that Annan was directly tied to any corruption, hence they cleared him of wrongdoing, but censured him for mismanaging the investigation into the awarding of a contract to the firm that employed his son Kojo. From Page 81 of the document:

The Committee finds: In light of the Sunday Telegraph article and the complaint of a conflict of interest because of Kojo Annan's employment, as well as the published information concerning the alleged illicit payments to the Bhutto family, the inquiry initiated by the Secretary-General was inadequate, and the Secretary-General should have referred the matter to an appropriate United Nations department (Office of Internal Oversight Services and/or Office of Legal Affairs) for a thorough and independent investigation. Had there been such an investigation of these allegations, it is unlikely that Cotecna would have been awarded renewals of its contract with the United Nations.
Other coverage: Roger L. Simon has read the report and comments on the contents.
Annan Refuses to Quit U.N. Over Report [ABC]

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Since Volcker's committee released a locked PDF, ill-suited for use in the blogosphere I've continued the Wizbang tradition of providing a web readable and linkable version. The report is available here. You can select text and copy it into your own documents from the web version. An unlocked PDF version is available as well (3.3MB).

To link to a page of the report (for example page 100) use the following syntax - http://wizbangblog.com/docs/interimreport_march2005/index.php?page=100 (I'm having some issues with the direct link function I won't be able to fix until tonight)

[Note: The first few pages of the report are very light on text, which may make it seem like the report is taking a long time to load. The ToC is on page 2 and the Introduction is on page 4]

Comments (10)

I smell a cover up to prote... (Below threshold)
Just Me:

I smell a cover up to protect Annan.

It's preposterous...too man... (Below threshold)

It's preposterous...too many people showing some sort of unexplained honus to Anna. What I think it is is that so far, no one else has a plan as to what to do with the U.N. and who should do/lead that.

Annan.... (Below threshold)


Should Kofi go? H... (Below threshold)

Should Kofi go?

Hell Yes!

How did Kofi pay for the Fr... (Below threshold)
Rod Stanton:

How did Kofi pay for the French and Swiss estates he bought the last few years? Reportedly worth $xx,xxx,xxx! Did AA's friend Paul ask? I bet not.

Joser, come on....there is ... (Below threshold)

Joser, come on....there is right in front of your face a report detailing UN CORRUPTION, Bureaucratic incompetence and G-d knows what else. Why dont you put away your petty conspiracy theories and unsubstiantied charges and actually deal with the huge mess right in front of your eyes. If we are going to stay in the UN then we have a duty to FIX it. If we do not fix it...then we should hold back all funding and consider an alternative choices, including leaving the UN.

Someone sell this "Joser" g... (Below threshold)

Someone sell this "Joser" guy the bridge he is looking to buy so he will move on.

Does anyone pay attention t... (Below threshold)

Does anyone pay attention to the League of Nations II anymore? The U.S. should slash its funding, maintain a small ghost crew for show, and let Kofi (or whichever empty suit) have at it. Maybe he'll be a useful idiot; meanwhile, we can do real work using the old and lousy bilateral treaties of yore. It seems that when we need to accomplish anything worthwhile, utilizing the LoNII is actually counterproductive.

"Does anyone pay attention ... (Below threshold)
Just Me:

"Does anyone pay attention to the League of Nations II anymore?"

Canada? France? Every nation led by a dictator or thug?

that is probably about it.

This is what you get when y... (Below threshold)
Rob Hackney:

This is what you get when you put an african in charge of something. Look at every country on that entire goddamn continent. Corrupt to the core. They couldn't organize a pie eating contest, let alone the UN. Put someone decent in charge from the USA and we can shape it to a force of good maybe, or kill it for good since all it does is leech our money!






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