Category: Iraq’s Odious Debts

Who profits from erasing Iraq’s debt?

(July 23, 2003) Richard Perle called for a debt relief for Iraq as a way of teaching banks about the "moral hazard of … lend[ing] to a vicious dictatorship." Other countries with "odious debt" incurred under nasty regimes may be granted debt forgiveness. Why not Iraq?

UN envoy meets with new Iraqi Governing Council, visits Syria and Iran

(July 15, 2003) Visiting more of Iraq’s neighbours in his efforts to help create a stable, democratic and sovereign country, top United Nations envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello arrived in Damascus today for talks with Syrian President Bashir al Assad. Following the talks, scheduled for tomorrow, Mr. Vieira de Mello, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative, will then leave for Tehran to meet with Iranian President Mohamed Khatami before returning to Baghdad on Thursday.