"The UN refused to answer questions about vital details of its business under Oil-for-Food when the program was underway, on grounds these were "confidential," then refused to answer questions while Volcker was investigating, on grounds an investigation was underway, and has since refused to answer questions on grounds that the investigation is over," wrote [.pdf warning, 9 pages] Claudia Rosett in a statement she provided on June 20 to U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information and International Security, which was meeting on funding renovations of the UN's Headquarters.
Ms. Rosett describes the UN as an organization that's not accountable to anyone, even its own new and much-touted Ethics Office "which has already become part of the cover-up culture."
She is also covered yesterday's session of the Oil-for-Food trial of Tongsun Park in New York.
Alleging that “Cash by the bagful was sent from Iraq to the United States and doled out here by an Iraqi agent to Tongsun Park,” [federal prosecutor Michael] Farbiarz outlined a tale of secret swaps of messages and money in New York cafes and restaurants; night-time meetings at the Sutton Place official residence of former Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali; a close encounter with longtime U.N. eminence Maurice Strong, who served as a top adviser to both Boutros-Ghali and then to Kofi Annan; and an episode in which Park in 1997 picked up cash from Saddam’s number two man in Iraq, Tariq Aziz, and “drove out of the Iraqi desert over the Jordanian border." (Boutros-Ghali, Strong, and Annan have all denied any wrong-doing in relation to Oil-for-Food.) -- The U.N.’s Day in Court (Oil-for-Food hits a New York courtroom.), Claudia RosettThis is the first Oil-for-Food trial in the U.S., and just the first day of testimony.
A law unto themselves for far too long, obviously neither the "imperial secretariat" nor the "despotic" regime within the UN give a hoot.
They should. Perhaps consult with whoever arranges their worldwide travel for them, no round-trip ticket required.
I realize there aren't any of the 5-star hotels the UN has become so accustomed to, but I hear Gaza is lovely this time of year.