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October 25, 2003
Critical security report means U.N. must change its ways, Annan says

Instead of blaming the US, a UN panel scolds the UN for security mistakes that led to the bombing of their facility in Iraq:

The panel, chaired by former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, issued a report Wednesday citing extensive security failures before the Aug. 19 truck bombing that killed 22 people, including top U.N. envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello, and injured more than 150 others. ... The panel criticized the United Nations for shunning protection from U.S.-led coalition forces and for ignoring "credible information on imminent bomb attacks."

Kofi hasn't quite smelled the coffee yet:

But Annan -- speaking to reporters after returning from a donors conference for Iraq in Madrid -- sidestepped a question on whether he deserved blame for the security failures cited by the U.N.-appointed panel, saying he needed more time to study the report.

I wonder if the report itself mentioned that employing Saddam's former security forces was not the best idea for protecting their staff. Of course, none of this has changed Kofi's mind about returning to Iraq.

NOTE: Although the story in the Strib has a dateline of today, they had no link to this from their main web page. Doesn't the Strib think this is news?

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at October 25, 2003 8:41 AM

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