Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Another Blow to Iraq Elections

UN employees demanding staff pullout from Iraq

UNITED NATIONS Two associations of United Nations workers are urging Secretary-General Kofi Annan to withdraw all U-N staffers from Iraq.
The groups, representing 60-thousand U-N employees, say the country is too dangerous for staffers.

In a letter to Annan, they cite a rising level of kidnappings, killings and bombings in Iraq. And they say the U-N is becoming a target.

Annan removed the U-N's international staff from Iraq last year after two bombings of its Baghdad headquarters. He sent a small contingent back to Iraq in August, but no country has offered troops for a special protection force.

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