[JURIST] From the UN:
The Security Council today unanimously approved a resolution adjusting the suspended Oil-for-Food programme to give United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan more authority to administer the operation for the next 45 days. The programme, which allows Baghdad to use part of its oil revenues for food and medicine and is the sole source of sustenance for 60 per cent of the country's 27.1 million people, was temporarily halted on 17 March after the Secretary-General ordered the withdrawal of all UN personnel from Iraq. Todays resolution authorizes the Secretary-General to reassess the contracts that have been approved, and covers technical issues such as providing alternative locations for the delivery of supplies. Mr. Annan was also given the power to negotiate new contracts for essential medical items.More details [UN News report] on Security Council Resolution 1472 are expected to follow. Watch recorded video of Friday's Security Council meeting at which the resolution was passed, comments to reporters by the German UN Ambassador who helped negotiate the Resoluton, and learn more about the UN Oil-for-Food program [official website].