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U.N. Probes 200 Cases of Fraud and Contracts Abuse

[b]U.N. Probes 200 Cases of Fraud and Contracts Abuse[/b]

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

[b]United Nations , 24 January, (IPS): [/b]The United Nations, which is struggling to redeem its public image over charges of nepotism and mismanagement in its 64-billion-dollar now-defunct oil-for-food programme in Iraq, has admitted to another growing scandal relating to its procurement activities.

"Clearly, I think the potential abuse could go into tens of millions of dollars," said Christopher Burnham, U.N. under-secretary-general for management and administration.

Asked about the sums involved, he told reporters Monday: "It could go higher than that, but we are in the middle of looking at 200 different reports of abuse."

The abuses relate mostly to U.N. supplies and services -- both in the department of management and the department of peacekeeping operations.

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