Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
30 March 2004 - Iraq Special Weapons News
- Annan Seeks Corruption Probe into Oil-for-Food Program for Iraq KCNA 31 Mar 2004 -- Secretary-General Kofi Annan is awaiting a formal response from the Security Council on his proposal to launch an inquiry into allegations of fraud and corruption in the United Nations' former Oil-for-Food Program for Iraq.
- Brahimi heading to Iraq soon to join electoral team - UN spokesperson UN News Centre 30 Mar 2004 -- With a United Nations electoral team already in Iraq surveying the possibility of holding direct elections by the end of January, Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Adviser, Lakhdar Brahimi, is expected to head to the country soon, a UN spokesperson said today.
- UN: Report On Security Lapses Shakes Top Management RFE/RL 30 Mar 2004 -- An independent panel has traced responsibility for UN security lapses in Iraq last year from field managers in Baghdad to the No.2 executive at the United Nations. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan responded to the report by calling for the resignation of his security coordinator, but he declined to accept the resignation of deputy UN chief Louise Frechette. Security concerns continue to overshadow the organization's efforts to assist with Iraq's political transition.
- Future Iraqi Defense Leaders Train in Washington AFPS 30 Mar 2004 -- Iraqis training for leadership positions within the new Iraqi Ministry of Defense told reporters here today they look forward to building a military that transcends ethnic and political differences to protect Iraq's people and its constitution.
- EU: Prodi Threat Of Troop Pullout Another Crack In Iraq Coalition RFE/RL 30 Mar 2004 -- The U.S.-led coalition in Iraq appears to be facing another blow to its solidarity. It has been only a few weeks since the new government in Madrid announced it will withdraw Spanish troops from Iraq unless the United Nations takes over there. Now the president of the European Union's executive commission, Romano Prodi, says that Italy will do the same if the Italian left wins the country's next election. Prodi is leaving his EU job later this year to lead the leftist coalition in Rome.
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