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Media Watch, 1
Friday, November 12, 2004
Kofi Annan wants the US-Iraqi forces to cease and desist in their assault on Falluja, despite its role in organising violence against the innocent.
Annan is not only worried about the suffering of innocent civilians. He thinks the Falluja 'insurgents' are thoughtful types who might just stop doing it if they are left alone:
Persuading elements who are currently alienated from, or sceptical about, the transition process to compete politically is key to creating a political and security context that will inspire confidence among all Iraqis in the process and allow the full participation of all segments of society in the elections...To which interim Iraqi Defence Minister responds: "Where was Kofi Annan when Saddam was slaughtering the Iraqis like sheep?"
Annan is also working against the policy of the UN, according to Michael Costello.
What is particularly extraordinary about Annan's tone is that he puts on an equal footing the terrorist violence and action taken by coalition forces and the Government to stop it. He seems to share the widespread view that the coalition forces are there unilaterally and the Allawi Government is an American creation. Yet he must know better. Allawi is the personal appointment of the UN, pursuant to Security Council resolutions. Allawi's Government is, according to UN Security Council Resolution 1546, "sovereign" and has "full responsibility and authority for governing Iraq".Makes you wonder just who Annan thinks he is working for. Apart from himself, of course.
The [US]senators also complained that Mr. Annan was blocking access to 55 internal audit reports of the [Iraq oil-for-food] program and other relevant documents and refusing to permit United Nations officials to be interviewed by the subcommittee's investigators.(free registration required)