Reason for Annan to quit should be UN, not US

The administration of US President George W. Bush was right to declare on Dec. 9 that it's not pushing for the resignation of United Nations Sec. Gen. Kofi Annan.Annan shouldn't resign because the US wants him to. He should resign, however. As was argued here last week, doing so would be best for the UN (OGJ Online, Dec. 3, 2004).The issue flared after US Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.), chairman of a committee investigating corruption of the UN's Oil-for-Food Program in Iraq, said Annan should quit.Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is believed by some investigators, including Coleman, to have manipulated the program for illicit uses worth as much as $21 billion.Annan is under...

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