An official Iraqi daily on Saturday accused UN Secretary General Kofi Annan of being a "spectator to genocide" because of the decade-old sanctions.
"If the death of more than one million human beings is considered by the secretary general as mere suffering, then what is the definition of genocide according to the UN terminology?" asked the Baghdad Observer.
"Mr. secretary general, the UN is accused of committing genocide, can you be responsible of such a crime?" the English-language daily asked, accusing Annan of being "another silent spectator to genocide in Iraq".
More than 8,000 Iraqis died in May alone as a result of the UN embargo, bringing to 1.3 million the number of victims of the sanctions in force since the 1990 invasion of Kuwait, according to Iraq's health ministry.
The embargo is linked to the elimination of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction - BAGHDAD (AFP)
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