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Ambassador Andreas Mavrommatis, Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights on the situation of human rights in Iraq, has completed an initial visit to that country and is preparing his report to the Commission, which begins its annual meeting next month.
Secretary of State Colin Powell deflected press speculation that Russia would not support revisions to the U.N.-imposed sanctions regime against Iraq.
He said the Bush administration hopes to see the U.N. Security Council adopt a more tightly defined list of prohibitions that would curb Iraq's access to goods that could be used to produce weapons proliferation, while permitting greater flow of consumer goods to the Iraqi people, by May 2002.
"We're working hard with the Russians," Powell told reporters.
The Executive Director of the Iraq Programme, Benon V. Sevan, left Baghdad on 10 February, concluding his three-week working visit to Iraq. Prior to his departure, Mr. Sevan met the Vice-President of the Republic of Iraq, Taha Yasin Ramadan. At a press conference, immediately after that meeting, Mr. Sevan expressed overall satisfaction with the outcome of his visit.
Benon Sevan, the Executive Director of
the UN Iraq Programme, met today with Vice President Taha Yasin Ramadan,
according to a UN spokesman.
"During his visit to Iraq, Mr. Sevan met with Iraqi officials as well as representatives of the United Nations agencies and programmes to review the implementation of the humanitarian programme in Iraq and review ways to further improve its effectiveness," spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters in New York.
Mr. Sevan, who is expected back in New York later this week, is scheduled to brief the Security Council on 26 February.
From RFE/RL Iraq Report Volume 5, Number 5
With seven liftings in all from the two authorized loading terminals of Mina al-Bakr and Ceyhan, Iraq's oil exports totalled 13.5 million in the week ending 1 February 2002 under the United Nations oil-for-food programme, down slightly from the previous week's total of 14 million barrels. There were three loadings from Mina al-Bakr, with 6.7 million barrels of oil, and four loadings from Ceyhan, with 6.8 million barrels.
As talks about the future of sanctions against Iraq quietly progress, Save the Children, the UK's leading international children's charity, met today with the Department for International Development (DfID) to present the findings of a new study into Kurdish livelihoods in Northern Iraq, and to urge the UK Government to consider the economic and humanitarian impact of any change to the sanctions regime.
The volume of Iraq's oil exports under the United Nations oil-for-food programme rose for the second consecutive week, averaging two million barrels per day in the week ending 25 January 2002. With nine loadings in all from the two authorized loadings terminals of Mina al-Bakr and Ceyhan, the week's exports totaled 14 million barrels, generating an estimated €230 million (euros) or $200 million in revenue, at current prices and rate of exchange. There were five liftings from Mina al-Bakr, with 7.7 million barrels of oil, and four from Ceyhan, with 6.3 million barrels.
UNOPS has been asked by the UN Office of the Iraq Programme to launch the ninth phase of a mine action project in northern Iraq.
Ambassador Andreas Mavrommatis, Special Rapporteur of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights on the situation of human rights in Iraq, has been invited by the Government of Iraq to visit the country in February 2002.
The Executive Director of the Iraq Programme, Benon V. Sevan, continues his working visit to Iraq, which began on 14 January 2002. Following an initial round of discussions with a number of Iraqi government officials in Baghdad on the implementation of the oil-for-food programme, including the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Oil, Health, Trade, Interior and the Commissioner of Electricity, Mr. Sevan is visiting the three northern governorates of Sulaymaniyah, Erbil and Dahuk this week.
The Executive Director of the United Nations Office of the Iraq Programme has begun a three-week working visit to the country, meeting with senior officials in Baghdad.
Iraqi oil exports under the United Nations oil-for-food programme plunged drastically to mere three million barrels in the week ending 11 January, down from the previous week's high of 15.5 million barrels, with only one loading each from the loading terminals of Mina al-Bakr and Ceyhan. This was, so far, the lowest level of weekly exports in current phase XI of the programme, which began on 1 December 2001 and ends on 29 May 2002.
Security Council - 2001 Round-Up
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The U.S. National Intelligence Council (NIC) has released a report identifying 20 humanitarian emergencies worldwide, affecting approximately 42 million people. "Global Humanitarian Emergencies: Trends and Projections, 2001-2002" predicts that the international community will continue to respond and provide aid to these countries, but that resources will remain below needs.
The United Nations Security Council committee charged with monitoring the sanctions against Iraq has recommended a series of measures to prevent the illegal smuggling of Iraqi oil, according to a document released today at UN Headquarters in New York.
The Executive Director of the United Nations Iraq Programme, Benon V. Sevan, is scheduled to undertake a working visit to Iraq, starting on 14 January 2002, to review, together with relevant authorities, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq, Tun Myat, and representatives of the United Nations agencies and programmes, the implementation of the United Nations oil-for-food programme. Mr. Sevan's last visit to Iraq was in August 2000.
Secretary-General Kofi Annan has approved the latest distribution plan governing the Iraq "oil-for-food" United Nations programme, which allows Baghdad to use a portion of its petroleum revenues to purchase humanitarian relief aid.
Letter dated 3 January 2002 from the Secretary-General addressed to the President of the Security Council
I have the honour to inform you and, through you, the members of the Security Council, that, pursuant to paragraph 8 (a) (ii) of Security Council resolution 986 (1995), the Government of Iraq has submitted to me its distribution plan for the purchase of humanitarian supplies during the new period specified in paragraph 1 of resolution 1382 (2001).