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Friday, February 04, 2005

UN Vows Accountability for Tsunami Money

Egeland vows aids pending openness
By Betsy Pisik

U.N. disaster-relief coordinator Jan Egeland vowed yesterday that his agency "would account for every penny" in administering the almost $1 billion tsunami-relief fund, acknowledging that the Iraq oil-for-food scandal had made the United Nations more sensitive to any appearance of corruption.

On other matters, Mr. Egeland said that former President Bill Clinton, named by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan yesterday as his special envoy for reconstruction in tsunami-affected countries, would serve as a fund-raiser, peacemaker and enforcer, making sure donor countries made good on multiyear pledges that often go unfulfilled.

Paul Volcker is due to issue an interim report tomorrow on charges that billions of dollars were skimmed from the long-running U.N.-run program that allowed former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to sell oil and purchase humanitarian goods.
You should read this article. It is a very easy read, and humorous as well! Hehehe. Have a great day.