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Sen. Norm Coleman


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Coleman says oil-for-food questions
remain in wake of release of audits
,  Jan. 10, 2005

U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn) issued a statement from New Delhi, India, today (Mon, Jan. 10) that 58 U.N. audits of the Oil-for-Food program released by Paul Volcker's independent investigating committee (IIC) are "simply another piece of the puzzle" that his own Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations "will thoroughly review."

"These audits do not answer even a fraction of the questions we have been asking or will be continuing to ask as our investigation moves ahead in the months to come," said Coleman, who previously had called for the resignation of U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan amid allegations that the program was so poorly administered that Saddam Hussein was able to divert billions of dollars for his personal and political use prior to his removal from power by U.S. military forces.

On a visit to Asia that also took him to Afghanistan, Coleman said the material released by Volcker "only underscores my long held concern about the fraud, mismanagement and lack of adequate oversight at the U.N.'s oil for food program."

He added in the news release that he continues "to have concerns with the ability of the IIC's investigation to be thorough and conclusive."  Donald H. Harrison