Monday, March 28, 2005

Kofi Annan to Resign UN Leadership Post?

Looks like the fire under the pan is getting too hot for Mr. Kofi Annan, the current U.N.leader. New report to be released on Tuesday revealing he had three undisclosed meetings with the company, Cotecna, before and after the U.N. Oil for Food contract was given to them. Kofi's son, Koji, had received $300,000 to $4,000,000 from the company apparently after he quit working for them but before the $60 million was awarded.

Times Online U.K.> has this: Mark Malloch Brown, Annan’s British chief-of-staff, said the meetings were brief and had nothing to do with Cotecna’s contract. If some of the allegations against Kojo were confirmed, that would create “a very different situation, but for Kojo — not the secretary-general”.

Kojo and Cotecna insist he had no part in securing the oil for food contract and that his work related to activities in Nigeria and Ghana.

New scandals continue to erupt, however. One revelation last week was that the UN had agreed to pay legal fees for Benon Sevan, the disgraced head of the oil for food programme, out of the funds raised from the Iraqi oil sales.

“Kofi Annan is going to find his position increasingly untenable,” said Nile Gardiner, an expert on the UN at the conservative Heritage Foundation. “There is a strong possibility he will resign voluntarily because of his declining credibility.”
WorldNetDaily has this: U.N. staffers report that Annan is severely depressed over the oil-for-food investigation and the scandals involving sexual abuse of civilians by U.N. peacekeepers. One observer describes his moods as being like a "sine curve," and he is currently near its bottom.

A U.N. staff member tells The Australian: "Kofi is going to have a rough time. For how long will depend on what Volcker has got. But it's not going to be easy for him."

"Kofi may be placed in a situation where he has to consider all his options," confides another U.N. official. "That includes resignation. You won't find many people who would want that outcome, but events may unfold in a way that makes it a real possibility."

prying1 sez:
Well this is certainly something to pray about. If the U.N. gets a new leader could it be cleaned up enough to make it a worthwhile organisation? The problem is the crooks and child molesters that are left behind will be fighting tooth and nail to keep control from any honest and upright people. Same thing as is happening in Iraq.
It certainly is worth trying to save the shell of the U.N. but the inside must be gutted...