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Annan rules out resigning over Oil-for-Food

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan [official profile] has ruled out any possibility of his resignation over the Oil-for-Food scandal currently plaguing the UN. Annan made the statement in an interview on a BBC morning program during which he was questioned about concessions made to former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in the Oil-for-Food program [official website]. Annan said that the ongoing investigation of the scandal would help clarify the complexity of the issues that UN leadership faced at the time. Annan reiterated his pledge to lift diplomatic immunity from any UN employee charged with misconduct. Read the interview transcript [BBC]. AFP has more.

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