Sunday, November 06, 2005

The UN - Living In A Bubble

According to John Bolton, the UN is ignoring the findings of the Volcker commission. Not a big shocker is it.

He (my insert - John Bolton) accused them of living in a "bubble" as they disregard the damning findings of the Volcker commission established by Kofi Annan, the secretary general. The inquiry criticised the UN and Mr Annan for their failings in running a scheme from which Saddam Hussein skimmed off an estimated $2 billion (£1.2 billion).
Now why in the world should anyone at the UN give a flip what the Volcker Report says? Who's going to do anything about it? Will the US Congress withhold funds? Norm Coleman and his committee?

Did you know?
As an example, he cited the fact that UN staff could accept gifts worth up to $10,000 in a year without any requirement to disclose them.

In a rare breakthrough for American pressure for reform, the UN announced last week that it planned to reduce the $10,000 figure to $250 under rule changes proposed by its new under-secretary for management, Christopher Burnham, a former Bush administration official.

Yup, standard fare for bureaurocrats from the 3rd World and Europe I guess.

And one of the more ironic stories came out in the last couple days:
U.N. audit: U.S. should repay Iraq $208.5M The UN can't keep track of over $2Billion with the Oil for Food Scam but supposedly they can audit funds in Iraq.

Telegraph News UN ignored corruption findings, claims Bolton

h/t Lucianne


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