Oil-for-food investigation to implicate Annan

by on March 28th, 2005


NEW YORK (AP) — Investigators probing corruption in the U.N. oil-for-food program in Iraq will criticize U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan for not properly confronting his son’s employment by a Swiss company that won a contract under the program, an official said Monday.

The report, set to be released Tuesday, will find that Annan didn’t pay enough attention to the apparent conflict of interest involving his son, Kojo, who worked for Cotecna Inspection S.A. at a time the Swiss firm won a U.N. contract to certify the import of goods under the oil-for-food program, the official said.

The Independent Inquiry Committee headed by former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker will also criticize the secretary-general for failing to detect shortcomings in the U.N.’s internal bureaucracy that allowed problems in the oil-for-food program to continue until 2003, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Kojo Annan worked for Cotecna in West Africa from 1995 to December 1997 and then as a consultant until the end of 1998 — when the oil-for-food contract was awarded. He remained on the Cotecna payroll until 2004 on a contract to prevent him from working for a competitor in Nigeria or Ghana.

Etalkinghead Staff