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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

UNSCAM UPDATE


The New York Times has an interesting memo report about Kofi's involvement in the Oil for Food scandal. For months, Kofi Annan has denied any connection between the UN Oil for Food contractor and himself through his son Kojo. The Secretary General has gone so far as to state that he never met with Cotecna on Oil for Food business and only had the most general of information from his son. However, Cotecna has found an e-mail that indicates their executives did indeed meet with Kofi, making his earlier denials look more and more suspicious:
A memo written by someone who was then an executive of a major contractor in the United Nations oil-for-food program states that he briefly discussed the company's effort to win the contract in late 1998 with Secretary General Kofi Annan and his "entourage" and that the executive was told that "we could count on their support."

Kofi Annan has said several times that he did not discuss the contract with his son and was not involved in Cotecna's selection. A United Nations panel headed by Paul A. Volcker, a former chairman of the Federal Reserve, concluded in March that Mr. Annan had not influenced the awarding of the $10 million dollar-a-year contract to the company. . . .

The memo, written on Dec. 4, 1998, by Michael R. Wilson, then a Cotecna vice president who was Kojo Annan's friend and a family friend of the secretary general, describes a meeting that took place during the 20th summit meeting of Francophone leaders in Paris in late November 1998.
So it appears that Kofi has not been honest with investigators to this point. This confirms that he has lied about his association with Cotecna and the role his son played in getting the Oil for Food contract. Kofi, Kojo, and Cotecna appear to have participated in a broad cover up of the Secretary General's role in ensuring his son's company controlled the Oil for Food program.

Since the Secretary General and Cotecna took such pains to keep their meeting arrangements hidden, it would follow that the relationship between Cotecna and the Annans had more than just coincidence as a product.

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