Monday, June 21, 2004

How the UN deals with problems 

The world outrage mounts (not):

"The United Nation's anti-corruption department has been rocked by accusations that the office itself is corrupt.

"The head of the U.N. Office of Internal Oversight Services, Undersecretary-General Dileep Nair, has been accused of promoting and recruiting people in ways that are not consistent with U.N. rules and regulations. Also, a senior investigator has been suspended and there have been accusations of financial and sexual misconduct...

"Nair has been accused of covering up abuses of the oil-for-food program. So far, his office has carried out 55 internal audits of the process that before the U.S.-led war against Saddam Hussein's regime allowed Iraqi oil to be sold so food could be purchased for Iraqis.

"Other allegations of impropriety include charges that some inside the OIOS received financial kickbacks in return for promoting people and that some people were promoted in exchange for sexual favors."
Meanwhile, "World waits as Sudan becomes second Rwanda." And the United Nations plans to implement the crisis-solving strategy that worked so well not just in Central Africa but in Bosnia and Kosovo too.


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