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Claim: U.N. Security Council Raiding Iraq Arms Program Accounts

Wednesday, 06 June 2007 12:00 AM

UNITED NATIONS -- Sources within the United Nation's Iraq arms inspection program confirm that the Security Council has been raiding the organization's bank accounts.

The inspection group, known as the U.N. Monitoring, Observation and Verification Commission or UNMOVIC, was created as the U.N. Special Commission (UNSCOM) shortly after the first Gulf War in 1991. Its goal was to monitor and enforce Saddam Hussein's compliance with Security Council sanctions imposed after Iraq invaded Kuwait.

The group's mandate was originally open ended and intended to ensure that future Iraqi governments would never again operate secret weapons programs.

But with Sadddam Hussein removed, and an Iraqi government heavily dependent on western support, the "enthusiasm" to maintain the group's existence has waned, especially in Washington.

Talk has increased within the Security Council about disbanding UNMOVIC within the "next several months," say diplomatic sources.

Within UNMOVIC are the most extensive archives ever compiled about the history of Saddam Hussein's weapons programs. Many of those documents remain classified even today.

Those documents could shed substantial light on just what kind of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), if any, still existed before the start of the 2003 allied coalition invasion.

The documents also put into a much clearer perspective just what kind of threat Saddam actually posed to his neighbors as well as to the United States, say diplomats. They also have the names of major international companies who had been illegally flaunting sanctions to trade with Saddam on the black market.

It becomes even more relevant because the White House had access to most of those files before the 2003 invasion. Now the future of those documents is in doubt.

But while the Security Council debates the future of UNMOVIC, it has already begun to dismantle the organization financially.

Under its original mandate, the arms inspectors were financed by a U.N. levy on the income Iraq received from selling oil.

That revenue was earmarked to operate UNMOVIC facilities in New York City, Baghdad, Bahrain and Vienna.

At one point, UNMOVIC had more than $350 million in its coffers. It was one of the best financed and administered operations in the United Nations system.

However, within the last year, the Security Council has arbitrarily decided to increase its "access" to the arms inspectors' bank accounts, say U.N. sources.

Since UNMOVIC is considered an "arm" of the Council, the access is not considered illegal.

Sources tell NewsMax that over the last year, the Council has grabbed more than "$200 million" from UNMOVIC, leaving the group with just over "$60 million" currently.

Once a staff of more than 200, today, less than 40 remain.

Where has all the cash gone? To feed Iraqi civilians? To help re-build Iraqi cities? To purchase medicines?

No.

U.N. sources claim that some of the cash went for new offices for Iraq's U.N. mission staff in New York City. U.N. records show that the Security Council transferred almost "$40 million" to the Iraqis for the new offices. Some of that cash also found its way to "refurbish" the Upper East Side townhouse of Iraq's U.N. ambassador Hamid Al Bayati.

NewsMax is attempting to get a comprehensive list of just where all the UNMOVIC cash has gone.

The U.S. mission to the United Nations did not respond to requests for reaction.

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