France reaffirms confidence in Annan

9th September 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Sept 8 (AFP) - France Thursday restated its confidence in UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, whose leadership has been questioned after the release of a report on the 'oil-for-food' scandal.

PARIS, Sept 8 (AFP) - France Thursday restated its confidence in UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, whose leadership has been questioned after the release of a report on the 'oil-for-food' scandal.

"France is eager to reaffirm its support for and confidence in Kofi Annan," foreign ministry spokeswoman Agnes Romatet-Espagne said.

Annan has said he is willing to assume responsibility for any mistakes in the management of the 'oil-for-food' programme revealed by the committee of enquiry headed by the American Paul Volcker.

"The report does note that the programme allowed the Iraqi population to avoid a humanitarian crisis," the spokeswoman said.

"But it also underlines the major malfunctions which took place in the programme. It makes clear the primary blame lies with Saddam Hussein," Romatet-Espagne said. "The UN had the responsibility to supervise the operation of the programme. The report concludes that all members of the Security Council had a share of responsibility."

"We must now draw the conclusions from the report, notably concerning the need to reinforce the efficiency of the UN operation and thereby let the organisation fulfil its mission," Romatet-Espagne said.

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