Annan's U.N. financial form not released

Oct. 4, 2006 at 10:53 AM
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NEW YORK, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has filed his financial disclosure form, but the contents reportedly won't be made public.

The Washington Times said the form was filed last month, 10 months after Annan ordered all senior U.N. officials to file similar forms. The policy was instituted in the wake of the international furor over the world body's involvement in the Iraq oil-for-food scandal.

"The secretary-general has filed the forms," spokesman Stephane Dujarric said, adding, "We will not be making it public."

Critics of the world body told the Times the disclosure form should be made public.

"Kofi Annan has not gone far enough. He should make the financial disclosure publicly available for outside scrutiny," said Nile Gardiner, director of the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom at the Heritage Foundation. "The culture of secrecy remains intact in the upper echelon of the United Nations."

The secretary-general has been cleared of any personal involvement in the Iraqi program.

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