Annan Says His Son's Payments Created a 'Perception Problem'
The United Nations secretary general, Kofi Annan, said yesterday that he had not known that his son had continued receiving payments until February of this year from a Swiss inspection company being investigated for suspected fraud and abuses in the oil-for-food program in Iraq. Speaking to reporters, Mr. Annan denied any wrongdoing or even knowledge of the fact that Cotecna Inspection Services had paid his son, Kojo, $2,500 a month for four years after the company and the United Nations said their relationship had ended. Mr. Annan said that although he and his son had discussed his son’s relationship with Cotecna, a Geneva-based company that was a major United Nations contractor, he was “disappointed” that he had apparently not been told the full story. “Naturally, I was very disappointed and surprised, yes,” Mr. Annan said when asked by reporters at the United Nations whether he had discussed the payments with his son after they were initially disclosed Friday in The New York Sun. Full Story