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Friday, December 24, 2004

Three U.N. Officials Leave World Body
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Three U.N. Officials Leave World Body

By EDITH M. LEDERER
Associated Press Writer

December 24, 2004, 2:32 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations says the departures of three of its top officials -- Secretary-General Kofi Annan's chief of staff, the undersecretary-general for management and the U.N. controller -- is coincidental. But in a year of unflattering headlines for the world body, some diplomats aren't so sure.

The U.N. is under fire over alleged corruption in its oil-for-food program in Iraq, and U.N. staff this year held a vote of no confidence in senior management.

United Nations spokesman Fred Eckhard said on Thursday that it was purely coincidental that Annan's chief of staff Iqbal Riza, Undersecretary-General for Management Catherine Bertini and Controller Jean-Pierre Halbwachs are all leaving.(read the rest)



Take 1: The United Nations is being 100% truthful and the departure of Annan's chief of staff Iqbal Riza, Undersecretary-General for Management Catherine Bertini and Controller Jean-Pierre Halbwachs is not related to the corruption investigations in any way. Just coincidence...*har*

Take 2: Annan is cleaning house to give the perception that he is proactive in cleaning up corruption and has chosen these three as the sacrificial lambs.

Take 3: Annan is being deserted by those individuals who understand the concept of “guilt by association.”

Take 4: These three were up to their eyebrows in the “Oil for Food” scandal and other purposeful misappropriations, and they are to get their collective posteriors out of the US before the Federal subpoenas start flying...

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