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6 May 2003

Weekly Update

Priority Items for Post-War Iraq Reach Transit Ports in Neighbouring Countries 

Priority items from the Oil-for-Food Programme’s humanitarian pipeline continue to arrive at transit ports in countries neighbouring Iraq. In the past week, UN agencies have reported the delivery of goods ranging from water tanks to vitamins, to school supplies, at transshipment areas in Turkey, Kuwait, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. Truck convoys are hauling the goods across borders into Iraq once inspection and authentication of the supplies is completed. 

Some 880 metric tons of flour was dispatched from Kuwait to Nasiriyah (29 April). Included in other shipments to the three northern governorates are:  medical equipment, hospital beds and supplies, water and sanitation equipment, first aid kits, multivitamin syrup, medical laboratory and other equipment, education supplies, tarpaulins, turbine engines, water pumps and spare parts, water tanks and tankers, and chlorine gas for water treatment.  

Resolution 1476 (2003) of 24 April has given the Programme until 3 June to identify priority items identified as food, medicines, health supplies and water and sanitation supplies, for shipping to Iraq.  Most of these supplies are in the food electricity and health sectors and are already in transit to Iraq.  

The Office of the Iraq Programme and UN agencies and programmes are continuing to identify the most easily accessible priority items in the pipeline and negotiate with suppliers to speed the shipment of supplies under already approved contracts. The UN agencies and programmes actively involved in the review of the Oil-for-Food pipeline are: FAO, UNDP, UNICEF, WHO, WFP. 

Media Note

Mr. Benon Sevan, Executive Director of the Office of the Iraq Programme, will brief the Security Council on the implementation of resolutions 1472 and 1476 on Monday 12 May.

Additional information is available from the website of the Office of the Iraq Programme. For further information please contact Ian Steele email: steelei@un.org