Magazine article New Internationalist

Can't Stand It: Disgusted by the Cost of Sanctions, Two More UN Officials Resign

Magazine article New Internationalist

Can't Stand It: Disgusted by the Cost of Sanctions, Two More UN Officials Resign

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The resignations by two senior United Nations officials over sanctions policy in Iraq should have come as no surprise.

Both the resignees -- Hans von Sponeck, UN Humanitarian Co-ordinator in Iraq and his German compatriot Jutta Burghardt, head of the World Food Programme in Iraq -- have been worried by the crippling effect of the trade embargo and the 'hopelessness' of the food-for-oil deal.

Von Sponeck, who has worked for the UN since 1968, took up his post in Iraq in October 1998. By last June, his frustration became clear when he told a delegation from Physicians for Social Responsibility that the oil-for-food programme provided just $180 a year per person 'out of which everything has to be financed, from electrical services to water, sewerage, to food, health... the lot. We are setting the stage for depriving another generation of the opportunity to become responsible national and international citizens of tomorrow. …

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