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UN staff for Iraq to operate from Cyprus
2003-12-11 10:34:45

by Apostolis Zoupaniotis

United Nations, Dec 10 (CNA) - UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today that Iraq was still too dangerous for UN international staff and that they would operate from headquarters in Cyprus instead.

In a report to the Security Council, Annan said UN staff would make only periodic trips to Iraq.

He said international officials would go to Baghdad on special visits only from Nicosia, Cyprus, or a smaller office in Amman, Jordan. Humanitarian activities would be carried out largely by national staff that would need additional security.

The Nicosia office would be staffed by some 40 political, human rights, public information, humanitarian, administrative and security officials. This core team could be increased to 60 once a special representative is named.

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