Editorial - The UN inquiries

Serious days lie ahead for the United Nations. The Independent Inquiry Committee (IIC) investigating the UN's Oil-for-Food Program soon will issue its first interim report. A preliminary report by the committee Jan. 9 and a kickback conviction in a federal court Jan. 18 foreshadow trouble.Revelations of abuse of the Oil-for-Food program touch issues crucial to the oil and gas industry—from the effectiveness of international sanctions to the regrettable tendency of oil money to find its way into wrong hands. Overriding them all, however, is the UN's future. In that, the industry has a large stake.Apparent corruptionA congressional committee investigating Oil-for-Food abuse es...

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