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Baghdad (AFP) Oct 6, 2011
Iraq formed a special committee on Thursday to chase down $17 billion in missing oil money that was apparently lost in 2004, when the US-run Coalition Provisional Authority was governing the country.
The committee includes representatives from the finance ministry, the central bank and the board of supreme audit and will issue monthly reports on progress towards recovering the missing funds.
"Deputy Prime Minister Roz Nuri Shaways headed a meeting of the special ministerial committee to guarantee protection of Iraqi funds," a statement from Shaways's office said.
The group agreed to form "a special committee ... to follow the issue of the disappeared Iraqi funds, and give monthly reports to the committee."
In June, US officials acknowledged that $6.6 billion in Iraq reconstruction funds had disappeared. Iraq, however, claims $17 billion is missing, with the issue having been under investigation for several years.
The cash was from the proceeds of Iraqi oil sales after the 2003 US-led invasion. It was placed in the Development Fund for Iraq (DFI), but went missing in 2004, when US envoy Paul Bremer's CPA was governing Iraq and managing the fund.
It was a 2003 UN Security Council resolution that authorised the transfer of the vanished Iraqi oil money from the US to Iraq.
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Hanoi expects 'frank' S. China Sea talks
Hanoi (AFP) Oct 6, 2011
Vietnam expects frank talks over disputed maritime territory in the South China Sea when the leader of the country's communist party travels to Beijing next week, an official said on Thursday. Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong will visit China from October 11 to 15 at the invitation of President Hu Jintao. Among the wide range of issues to be discussed are the two countr ... read more
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