Sunday, August 07, 2005

Oil-For-Food: Sevan Resigns, Blasts Annan

In anticipation of tomorrow's Third Interim Report by the Volcker Comission, former Oil-For-Food chief Benon Sevan has resigned. It has already been leaked that Sevan will be accussed of stealing 'as little as' $160,000 from starving Iraqis. Sevan took some parting shots at Kofi Annan:
"I fully understand the pressure that you are under, and that there are those who are trying to destroy your reputation as well as my own, but sacrificing me for political expediency will never appease our critics or help you or the Organization," Sevan wrote.
On this matter, Sevan is absolutely correct. It's good that he has resigned in shame, for corruption is inexcusable, but until Kofi steps up to the plate and accepts responsibility for his actions, the critics will absolutely not be appeased.

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