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Many of Saddam's Appointees Remain in Office

Tuesday, 24 June 2003 12:00 AM

"They do not belong there. They represent no one. They are doing nothing. We will again ask countries in which they operate to send them home," explained one senior member of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) who insisted on anonymity. The CPA under U.S. administrator Paul Bremmer is the new governing body in Iraq.

The source explained that though the CPA wanted the Saddam diplomats removed, the mechanics of the removals would be left to the local Iraqis who have begun to assume some administrative posts.

That is where the problems seem to be developing.

"They are civil servants. They serve Iraq. They can stay as long as they want," said Akila Al Hashimi, acting deputy director-general of the Iraqi foreign ministry.

Hashimi was in New York to attend an Iraqi fund-raiser at U.N. headquarters.

She is a holdover from the old government and attended last year's United Nations General Assembly as part of the delegation headed by Foreign Minister Naji Sabri.

Sabri, a member of the coalition's 55 most wanted, is still at large.

Among the diplomatic posts sited are the Iraqi U.N. missions in New York, at the U.N.'s European headquarters in Geneva and in Vienna, Austria.

U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq explained that Iraq's diplomats in New York, Geneva and Vienna could remain until somebody else attempted to claim their seats.

"Until someone challenges the credentials in the General Assembly they can still maintain them," Haq said.

The U.N. General Assembly has a credentials committee that addresses challenges. It then refers its decision to the full 191-member assembly. A simple majority vote is then needed for any formal action.

So far, nobody has challenged the status of Iraq's U.N. diplomats.

"Don't ask me. I know nothing," replied Rick Grinell, a spokesman for John Negroponte, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N.

A source at Iraq's U.N. mission who requested confidentiality explained that they too were in the dark about their future. "We don't know what they [the U.S.] wants to do with us. We are just waiting. We have heard nothing."

That was confirmed by a second source at the United States' U.N. mission who confided that the State Department has given no guidance on the situation.

While the waiting game continues, Iraqi diplomats continue to draw salaries from assets cashed in before the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom in March 2003.

"We have enough to last us through the summer," said the source at the Iraqi U.N. mission.

What happens when the cash runs out is a question yet to be answered.

The U.S. mission says it was unaware that Iraq's U.N. diplomats were still being paid.

Meanwhile, Iraq's U.N. Ambassador Mohammed Aldouri, who left his post in April to "return home to be reunited with his wife and son," never did make it to Baghdad.

Aldouri landed in the Persian Gulf nation of Dubai, where he holds a part-time job as a "consultant" for the Arabic news channel Al-Arabiya.

Arab sources believe that Aldouri will not return to Baghdad and plans to make Dubai his new home.

Last week, on BBC television, Aldouri exclaimed that the old Iraqi government "betrayed the Iraqi people" and that he was not saddened to see it overthrown.

This coming from the same man who publicly proclaimed before the U.S.-led invasion: "Baghdad will never surrender. The Iraqis, led by Saddam Hussein, will stand and fight. I have no doubt about it."

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