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Annan to save face by saying son misled him

by Mark5019 / March 28, 2005 8:58 AM PST

NEW YORK: Kofi Annan, struggling to survive as the UN Secretary-General, plans to blame his son for embroiling him in the oil-for-food scandal when a UN inquiry issues a harsh report today.

UN officials are hoping to deflect criticism of the UN chief by insisting that his son, Kojo, 29, misled him about payments that Kojo Annan received from a UN contractor.

The inquiry, led by former chairman of the US Federal Reserve Paul Volcker, is expected to criticise the UN Secretary-General's management lapses, in particular his failure to perceive the apparent conflict of interest of his son working for a company that was awarded a UN contract.

It will also confirm that Mr Annan repeatedly met senior representatives of the company, Cotecna Inspection SA.

The Volcker commission is expected to say that it has found no evidence that Mr Annan rigged the UN bidding process to help Cotecna win a 1998 border inspection contract in Iraq, nor that he personally received any financial benefit


http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,12686467%255E2703,00.html

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Oh, in that case, he's doing a wonderful job
by Jerry562 / March 28, 2005 6:39 PM PST

with the UN and my money. There are certainly no hot spots in the world that have been mishandled or flubbed. Congrats Kofi.

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by JP Bill / March 28, 2005 9:08 PM PST

Many, if not all, of the countries that were and are members of the UN, knew years ago that Oil for Food was not working and turned a blind eye.

How did Saddam built all the new palaces and order fleets of Mercedes (in the 90's) during Oil for Food?

This was well publicized for years and I never heard any stories of any politicians making waves until recently.

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