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

CONTACT: Sam Stratman, (202) 226-7875, September 7, 2005

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Hyde Urges UN Reform in Wake of Volcker Report Detailing Criminal Abuses of Oil-for-Food Program

“If the UN Secretariat and its member states ignore the profound lessons detailed in this report, the institution itself will be imperiled by the morass of corruption that increasingly undermines its already tattered legitimacy” 

          (WASHINGTON) – U.S. Rep. Henry J. Hyde (R-IL), chairman of the House International Relations Committee, made the following statement after the release of the final report of the International Inquiry Committee tasked with investigating the discredited UN Oil-for-Food program: 

The Volcker report lends enormous credibility to the comprehensive reform agenda enacted by the House of Representatives in June. The Volcker report details a pattern and practice of deceit and corruption that has infected senior levels of the UN’s administration. This corruption flourished because of an abject lack of management controls within the UN Secretariat, a disturbing lack of internal and external oversight by its auditors and member states, and an appalling lack of transparency and accountability to the global taxpayers who finance the UN’s operations. 

The Oil-for-Food program provided Saddam and his apologists at the UN a license to steal billions of dollars otherwise intended to aid the Iraqi people. Leaders of the world will convene in New York next week to address the issue of UN reform. If the UN Secretariat and its member states ignore the profound lessons detailed in this report, the institution itself will be imperiled by the morass of corruption that increasingly undermines its already tattered legitimacy.  

We will examine this report in greater detail in the coming days, and we soon will release our own Committee report detailing the results of our inquiry.

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