UN plans to ship Iraqi aid via Syria

Wednesday, April 16, 2003

The United Nations is considering designating Syria as a route for the delivery humanitarian aid to Iraq.

Officials said the UN Oil-for-Food Program has identified four new routes for the delivery of emergency food and other supplies to Iraq. They are Jordan, Kuwait, Syria and Turkey.

"All offer the advantages of bulk handling facilities, warehousing for supplies and good road links with Iraq," a UN spokesman said.

Officials said UN agencies are reviewing contracts in the oil-for-food pipeline for items required for Iraq. They said that despite the U.S.-led war the oil-for-food program still governs the sale of Iraqi oil.

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