13 May 2003
Food and Heavy Equipment Among
Items in Transit to Iraq
total value of priority items from the Oil-for-Food Programme’s
humanitarian pipeline that can be shipped to Iraq by 3 June has
reached $778 million. Most of these supplies are in the food ($356
million), electricity ($179 million), agriculture ($119 million) and
health ($81 million) sectors. More than half (55 per cent) of those
goods and supplies are already in transit to Iraq.
The UN agencies
and programmes actively involved in the review of the Oil-for-Food
pipeline - FAO, UNDP,
UNICEF, WHO, WFP – are currently reviewing
additional ‘shippable’ contracts worth some $350 million.
Most of these contracts are in the agriculture, health and food
the priority items are a floating crane for the removal of
shipwrecks now obstructing some berths at the port of Umm Qasr, and
harbour dredgers to increase the draft available to ships carrying
humanitarian supplies. The crane is expected from Dubai this week
and shipwreck removal is expected to begin on 25 May. Among
other bulk items in transit are: wheat, rice, barley, sugar,
vegetable ghee, milk powder, medicines, vaccines, ambulances with
spare parts, irrigation pumps, tractor spare parts, gas turbines,
generators and electricity transmission lines.
1476 (2003) of 24 April has given the Oil-for-Food Programme until 3
June to identify priority items identified as food, medicines,
health supplies and water and sanitation supplies, for shipping 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.
Benon Sevan, Executive Director of the Office of the Iraq Programme,
will brief the Security Council on the implementation of resolutions
1472 and 1476 tomorrow - Wednesday 14 May.
Additional information is available from the website
of the Office of the Iraq Programme. For further information
please contact Ian Steele email: firstname.lastname@example.org