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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Kofi Annan, AGAIN!

I wrote back in December that Kofi Annan should either resign or be removed.

The scandals in the Oil for Food programme are being ignored and/or hushed up; U.N. peace-keepers have at times had less-than-honourable behaviour; and the U.N. bureaucrats have carefully insulated themselves from anything and anyone requiring accountability. If it is to survive as an institution, it must clean house, starting at the top.
And now the Globe and Mail (via the Associated Press) is saying that a memo reveals there is a good chance that Kofi Annan knew about his son's scandalous behaviour.

Investigators of the UN's oil-for-food program said Tuesday they are “urgently reviewing” new information that suggests UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan may have known more than he revealed about a contract that was awarded to the company that employed his son.

The December, 1998, memo from Michael Wilson, then a vice-president of Cotecna Inspections S.A., mentions brief discussions with Mr. Annan “and his entourage” at a summit in Paris in 1998 about Cotecna's bid for a $10-million(U.S.)-a-year contract under the oil-for-food agreement.

Given the nature of the U.N. bureaucracy, I'm not at all sure things would be any better with anyone else in the position.
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