Editorial: The UN’s credibility

The Independent Inquiry Committee into the United Nations Oil-for-Food Program (IIC) issued its third interim report Aug. 8. Within hours, Mark Malloch Brown, head of the UN Department of Public Information, held a press conference to report that Sec.-Gen. Kofi Annan had made part of the response he ultimately must make to his organization’s mishandling of the defunct program in Iraq. Annan, said Malloch Brown, would waive diplomatic immunity against criminal prosecution for two UN officials suspected of involvement in Oil-for-Food corruption.Most of the IIC’s third interim report deals with activities of those officials: Benon Sevan, former executive director of the UN Office...

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