Iraq rejects UN reauthorization of humanitarian aid oil sales program

Iraq has formally rejected a United Nations Security Council resolution, passed unanimously Mar. 28, that authorizes UN Sec. Gen. Kofi Annan to administer the oil-for-aid program under which Iraqi oil sales are monitored.Declaring that the UN had broken its "contract" with Iraq, Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri said his country is under no further obligation to export any more oil under the terms of the oil-for-aid program. Click here to enlarge imageThe council's action allows Annan to disperse about $10 billion in humanitarian goods Iraq ordered before the conflict began and that were already approved. The UN said the program is the sole source of sustenance for 60% of the countr...

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