UPDATE ~ Annan rules out resignation over Oil-for-Food report Chris Buell at 4:18 PM ET
[JURIST] Following up on a JURIST report from earlier today, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has ruled out resigning after a new interim report by the Independent Inquiry Committee into the UN Oil-for-Food Program [official website] faulted him but cleared him of any wrongdoing. Asked if he would quit over the report's findings, Annan said "Hell, no." The report found that Annan did not know of a conflict of interest caused by his son's employment by a firm that was awarded a contract under the Iraq oil program. The report was, however, critical of Annan's efforts to investigate the matter after the fact. Read the interim report [text, PDF] by the committee and a UN press release. AP has more.
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