Oil-for-Food Background Information
Statement by Benon V. Sevan
United Nations Security Coordinator
and Executive Director of the Iraq Programme
Arrangements are being made for the return of the United Nations
staff temporarily relocated to Amman on 18 December with a view to them being back in
Baghdad by Tuesday.
I have also requested the immediate return of the independent inspection agents (Lloyds
Register) who withdrew from their posts at Al-Walid, Trebil and Umm Qasr on Tuesday 15
There is a backlog of more than one hundred trucks carrying humanitarian supplies at the
land border points of Al Walid and Trebil. The cargoes include wheat, medicines, oil spare
parts, milk powder and detergent. At Umm Qasr one ship is unloading grain and another is
waiting outside the port for the independent inspection agents to resume duty.
The oil monitors (Saybolts) have remained on duty and report that there has been no
interruption to the export of Iraqi oil through Ceyhan or from the loading platform at