On 13 February 2001, the
Secretary-General wrote to the President of the Security Council, Ambassador
Saïd Ben Mustapha (Tunisia), advising of his approval of the distribution
plan for phase IX, submitted by the Government of Iraq on 4 February, on the
understanding that its implementation would be governed by resolutions 986
(1995), 1281 (1999), 1284 (1999) and 1302 (2000), 1330 (2000) and the
Memorandum of Understanding concluded on 20 May 1996 between the United
Nations and the Government of Iraq and would be without prejudice to the
procedures followed by the Security Council Committee established by
resolution 661 (1990).
A foreseen budget of more than $5.55
billion for the humanitarian programme is spread over 12 sectors countrywide,
including an allocation of $600 million for oil industry spare parts and
equipment and $387 million to meet the needs of especially vulnerable groups.
Over $1.27 billion is earmarked for the food sector, to cover a daily food
ration of 2,472 kilocalories per person per day, while $300 million is set
aside for the purchase of medicines and medical supplies.