Committee on International Relations
U.S. House of Representatives
Henry J. Hyde, Chairman

CONTACT: Sam Stratman, (202) 226-7875, October 6, 2004

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Hyde Comments on Duelfer Report Conclusions
U.N. Oil for Food Scandal


WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Henry J. Hyde (R-IL), chairman of the House International Relations Committee, remarked today on the Comprehensive Report of the Special Advisor to the Director of Central Intelligence on Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction, which was prepared by Charles Duelfer, chief weapons inspector for the Iraqi Survey Group: 

“Mr. Duelfer’s conclusions show the full breadth of Saddam Hussein’s corruption and manipulation of the U.N. Oil for Food program.  

“Billions of dollars were siphoned from the Iraqi people with the complicity of many of our allies who helped finance and arm the brutal regime of Saddam Hussein. 

“The world cannot wait years for answers to the growing body of evidence implicating senior U.N. officials in outright corruption.  

“Immediate public access to U.N. internal audit and other documents – thus far denied to members of the Security Council – is imperative if the world body is to escape further damage to its credibility as a result of this grossly mismanaged program.” 

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