Volker article in the Wall Street Journal, A Road Map for Our Inquiry: How we’ll get to the bottom of the U.N. Oil for Food scandal
As a matter of priority, we seek to answer conclusively the allegations of corruption within the U.N. professional staff. We aim to provide, hopefully in six to eight months, the truly definitive report on the administration of the Oil-for-Food Program. In conjunction with responsible Iraqi and other national authorities as appropriate, we want to trace corrupt contractors and ill-gotten funds wherever they may be found. The chips will fall where they may. At the end of the day, our hope and belief is that the truth will better enable the U.N. to go forward, with reforms as necessary, and provide the forum for international cooperation that we need and in which all of us can have confidence
On Friends of Saddam: Transcripts of secret U.N. Security Council sessions show that U.S. and British diplomats were constantly thwarted by their French, Russian and Chinese counterparts while investigating Saddam Hussein’s dirty deals under the oil-for-food program; Bremer says charge of blocking oil-for-food probe ‘nonsense’; and the Iraqi official heading the investigation into alleged corruption in the United Nations oil-for-food program was killed in a bomb attack earlier this week.