IRAQ: UN HEADQUARTERS IN BAGHDAD AT THE CENTRE OF SANCTIONS CONTROVERSY FOLLOWING RESIGNATION OF TWO KEY OFFICIALS
- Title: IRAQ: UN HEADQUARTERS IN BAGHDAD AT THE CENTRE OF SANCTIONS CONTROVERSY FOLLOWING RESIGNATION OF TWO KEY OFFICIALS
- Date: 15th February 2000
- Summary: BAGHDAD, IRAQ (FEBRUARY 15, 2000) (REUTERS) 1. VARIOUS: U.N. HEADQUARTERS (2 SHOTS) 0.07 2. SET UP SHOT OF HANS VON SPONECK, TOP U.N. OFFICIAL IN IRAQ 0.11 3. SV: (SOUNDBITE) (English) HANS VON SPONECK SAYING "A sanctions regime of the kind that is implemented here in Iraq is simply no longer tolerable, it is also against human rights." 0.20 4. C/A: PHOTOGRAPHER 0.23 5. SV: (SOUNDBITE) (English) HANS VON SPONECK "It is high time that the population in this country is allowed to return to a normal life." 0.32 BAGHDAD, IRAQ (FEBRUARY 16, 2000) (REUTERS) 6. SV: JUTTA BURGHARDT COMING DOWN STEPS 0.38 7. SV: SOUNDBITE (English) JUTTA BURGHARDT SAYING "I have a problem to implement resolution one two eight four which was issued in December by the Security Council because the U.N. is supposed to implement it, is legally bound to implement it, but the Government is not cooperating on this resolution for their reasons." 1.00 8. C/A: VIDEO CAMERA 1.04 9. SV: SOUNDBITE (English) JUTTA BURGHARDT SAYING "I am supporting his position and I find that his statement that it is true human tragedy, what is happening here cannot be challenged by any body who has perceptive mind and heart." 1.19 10. BV: JUTTA BURGHARDT WALKING AWAY 1.25 11. VARIOUS OF LOADING FLOUR IN BAGHDAD (3 SHOTS) 1.46 12. VARIOUS: PEOPLE SHOPPING/ LEAVING SHOP (4 SHOTS) 1.59 13. TRACK: IRAQI DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER TAREQ AZIZ GETTING OUT OF CAR 2.05 14. C/A: CAMERA OPERATOR 2.08 15. SV: SOUNDBITE (Arabic) IRAQI DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER TAREQ AZIZ SAYING: "The resignation of Mr. Hans Von Sponeck and his Deputy proves what we have said for along time that this humanitarian programme has been facing hardships and obstacles by America and Britain." 2.25 16. C/A: NEWS CAMERAS 2.30 17. SV: SOUNDBITE (Arabic) AZIZ SAYING "He (Kofi Annan) should know and infer that there is a serious defect, (obstacles) facing the implementation of the humanitarian programme and he, he (Kofi Annan) is personally responsible for this defect as he himself who signed the Memorandum of Understanding with us." 2.45 18. SV: AZIZ LEAVING 2.52 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: BAGHDAD, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
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- Story Text: The U.N headquarters in Baghdad is at the
centre of a sanctions controversy following resignations
of two key U.N.officials.
The resignations again raise questions about the
devastating impact of U.N.sanctions on ordinary Iraqis, with
member nations split about who is to blame.
The United Nations "oil-for-food" programme allows Iraq to
use oil revenues for needed supplies, but UNICEF, the U.N.
Children's Fund, says the project has made little difference
in lowering youngsters' mortality rates.
Other critics say the programme, even if well-run, would
have trouble functioning because of many checks Iraq, the
U.N., and suppliers have to undertake before goods can be
On Sunday (February 13), Hans von Sponeck, the German
humanitarian coordinator in charge of the programme, resigned
after calling for an end to the sanctions and questioning the
efficacy of U.N.programmes to improve the lives of 22 million
Speaking on Tuesday (February 15) he said, "A sanctions
regime of the kind that is implemented here in Iraq is simply
no longer tolerable, it is also against human rights."
"It is high time that the population in this country is
allowed to return to a normal life."
Von Sponeck's resignation gained added resonance because
his predecessor, Denis Halliday of Ireland, walked away from
the same job two years ago for the same reasons.
His resignation was followed on Wednesday (February 16) by
that of Jutta Burghardt, Head of the World Food Programme
(WFP) in Iraq who also quit in protest against the failure of
U.N.humanitarian programmes in Iraq.She called the
oil-for-food programme a failure and opposed the latest
Security Council resolution, which offered to ease the
nine-year-old sanctions against Iraq if Baghdad allowed
disarmament monitors back in.
Speaking about Von Sponeck she said, "I am supporting his
position and I find that his statement that it is true human
tragedy, what is happening here cannot be challenged by
anybody who has a perceptive mind and heart."
The WFP was established in December 1996 to ease the
hardship on Iraqi civilians of U.N.sanctions imposed in
August 1990 after Baghdad invaded Kuwait.
In the first Iraqi official reaction to the two
resignations Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister Tareq Aziz on
Wednesday held U.N.Secretary General Kofi Annan responsible
for the obstacles facing the implementation of the
oil-for-food programme saying, "The resignation of Mr.Hans
Von Sponeck and his Deputy proves what we have said for along
time that this humanitarian programme has been facing
hardships and obstacles by America and Britain.
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