The European Union threw its political weight behind beleaguered UN Secretary-General &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/world/2002/06/27/31251.html ' target=_blank>Kofi Annan on Friday, but the United States again refused to back him and a U.S. senator repeated his call for the UN chief to resign.
At issue is his role in an oil-for-food program that was started in 1996 to help Iraqis cope with UN sanctions imposed after &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/main/2002/04/08/27433.html ' target=_blank>Saddam Hussein's 1990 invasion of Kuwait. It allowed Hussein's government to sell unlimited quantities of oil provided most of the proceeds went to buy food, medicine and humanitarian goods and to compensate victims of the 1991 Gulf War, reports Newsday.
"Secretary-General Annan is a good secretary-general and the United States has tried to support him and the United Nations in every way that we can," Powell told Reuters.
It was the first positive comment from a top U.S. official since Sen. Norm Coleman, a Minnesota Republican investigating the oil-for-food program, said Annan should resign because of suspected abuses.
The Russian Defence Ministry acknowledged that the Americans treat Russian military men in Syria with respect. The Americans always warn Russia accordingly, but not Israel
After the incident with the shootdown of the Ilyushin Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea, Russia will supply an S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Syria
Indeed, how dare they run US-independent policy? They should have followed the example of the European Union that turned independent states of the Old World into US-ditto entities