The UN resignations have caused a stir
among other members of the Volker Committee, and it has Roger L. Simon, who has actually been carrying his own investigation, commenting on them the Pinocchios of the Volcker Committee
I have known personally about Parton’s disaffection from the committee for over a month – that is long before the committee made its interim report and therefore long before Parton, Duncan or anyone else had “completed their work.”
As Claudia Rosett points out,
But the U.N.-authorized inquiry into oil-for-food, led by a former chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, Paul Volcker, has so far provided no illumination as to the mystery officials named in the indictments. The Volcker commission’s interim report, issued March 29, was devoted chiefly to Kojo Annan’s business connections. It made no mention, either, of Air Harbour Technologies, where Kojo Annan rubbed elbows for a time with his father’s special adviser to the United Nations, Mr. Strong, and then with Cotecna’s Mr. Wilson.
Since the U.N.’s self-described dawn of integrity three years ago (one of several such sunrises since Mr. Annan became secretary-general in 1997), we have seen the sex-for-food scandal in the Congo, featuring the rape of minors by U.N. peacekeepers, which continued well after press disclosures last year prompted a U.N. internal investigation. We have seen theft at the World Meteorological Association, scandal in the U.N. audit department, the resignation over sexual harassment charges of the refugee high commissioner Ruud Lubbers, turmoil within the Electoral Assistance Division, and allegations of corruption involving the U.N.’s Geneva-based World Intellectual Property Organization. We have seen rebellion by the U.N. Staff Union against “senior management, and a raft of resignations by senior U.N. officials who nonetheless linger on the premises on official salaries of a dollar a year, plus the various perquisites and connections the place affords.
Biggest of all, we have seen the former Oil for Food relief program for Iraq blow like Krakatoa. The program’s executive director, Benon Sevan, has been accused by the U.N.-authorized inquiry, led by Paul Volcker, of engaging in a severe conflict of interest. Among other items, Mr. Sevan was found to have been receiving large mysterious payments from his pensioner aunt in Cyprus. The U.N. Secretariat sent out secret hush letters to major U.N. Oil for Food contractors, Saybolt and Cotecna, hired by the U.N. to inspect Saddam’s oil and food deals. Congressional investigators and Mr. Volcker’s team have since discovered that not only was there far too little inspecting required by the U.N., but that the awarding of U.N. contracts to both parties was done in violation of the U.N.’s own procedures.
As I’ve stated before, the U.N.’s incapable of reform.