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DATE=10/26/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=IRAQ-HUMANITARIAN AID (L-O) NUMBER=2-255500 BYLINE=BRECK ARDERY DATELINE=NEW YORK CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: The U-N official in charge of coordinating humanitarian aide in Iraq, Hans Von Sponeck, says delays in some relief supplies are causing problems. Correspondent Breck Ardery reports from the United Nations. TEXT: Mr. Von Sponeck told reporters good progress is being made in providing adequate nutrition for the people of Iraq. He said this is primarily because increased oil revenues enable more food imports. The U-N Security Council has authorized Iraq to sell oil for the sole purpose of raising funds for food, medicine, and other humanitarian supplies. But some supplies are being delayed because of so- called -- holds -- insisted on by the United States and Britain. The holds involve products and equipment that might be used for other than humanitarian purposes. Mr. Von Sponeck suggested many of the holds are the result of inadequate information on what is being imported into Iraq. /// VON SPONECK ACT /// If you look at the reasons for the holds you will see that, more often than not, items are put on hold because of inadequate technical information. So we must try to provide better information. We must encourage the government (of Iraq) to talk to their contractors to make sure the information is better and more readily available. /// END ACT /// Earlier, U-N Secretary-General Kofi Annan sent a letter to the Security Council expressing concern about the holds on shipments to Iraq. Mr. Annan suggests the Council review the holds policy to make sure it is not interfering with what he called -- a smooth humanitarian operation in Iraq. (SIGNED) EB/UN/BA/LSF/RAE 26-Oct-1999 14:17 PM EDT (26-Oct-1999 1817 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .