In April 2004, United Nations Secretary-General
Kofi Annan appointed an independent, high-level inquiry committee to investigate
the administration and management of the Oil-for-Food Programme (OFFP)
in Iraq. Following this, the United Nations Security Council unanimously
adopted resolution 1538 (21 April 2004), which endorsed the inquiry and
called for full cooperation in the investigation by all United Nations
officials and personnel, the Coalition Provisional Authority, Iraq, and
all other Member States, including their national regulatory authorities
The Independent Inquiry Committee today
issues its definitive Report on the overall management and oversight of
the "temporary" Oil for Food Programme, a programme which stretched to
seven years with more than $100 billion in transactions (over $64 billion
in oil sales and almost $39 billion for food). In preceding interim reports
and briefing papers, the Committee has reported the results of its investigations
on specific aspects of the Oil for Food Programme.
Independent Inquiry Committee finds mismanagement and failure of oversight - UN member states and Secretariat share responsibility
The Independent Inquiry Committee today issues its definitive Report on the overall management and oversight of the "temporary" Oil for Food Programme, a programme which stretched to seven years with more than $100 billion in transactions (over $64 billion in oil sales and approximately $37 billion for food).
SECTION I. IMPACT OF THE OFFP ON THE IRAQI PEOPLE
THE SELECTION OF COTECNA INSPECTION S.A.
In December 1998, the United Nations selected a Swiss company, Cotecna Inspection S.A. ("Cotecna"), to conduct inspections of humanitarian goods entering Iraq under the Oil-for-Food Programme ("the Programme"). Cotecna replaced the former inspection company, Lloyd's Register Inspection Ltd. ("Lloyd's") of the Untied Kingdom.
Part One of this Report provides a summary and overview of investigative results and, for the convenience of the reader, sets out the Findings, Conclusions, and Recommendations of the Independent Inquiry Committee into the United Nations Oil-for-Food Programme ("the Committee").