A year-long investigation into the 64-billion-dollar United Nations oil-for-food program in Iraq has concluded that there were serious instances of unlawful, unethical and corrupt behavior within the United Nations.
In a report, the independent commission faults U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan for "administrative failings" and calls for reform at the world body.
The commission, led by former U.S. central bank chief Paul Volcker, will present its complete report Wednesday to the Security Council. An introduction to the report was released Tuesday.
The commission says its final report, expected next month, will detail what it called "the wholesale corruption within the program" among private companies manipulated by Saddam Hussein's government.
The U.N. oil-for-food program, which ran from 1996 to 2003, was intended to ease the impact of U.N. sanctions on ordinary Iraqis.