DATE=2/16/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=IRAQ SANCTIONS (L-ONLY) NUMBER=2-259213 BYLINE=LISA BRYANT DATELINE=CAIRO CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Another top United Nations humanitarian official in Iraq has resigned amid mounting disagreement about the impact of economic sanctions on Baghdad. From Cairo, Lisa Bryant reports that the latest resignation was submitted by the local representative of the World Food Program, or W-F-P. TEXT: The United Nations has confirmed the resignation of Jutta Burghardt, the Iraq representative for the World Food Program. The agency said Ms. Burghart, who is German, was leaving for personal reasons, and would resume working for her government. But the W-F-P official told news agencies Wednesday that she had resigned because she found a U-N resolution to speed up humanitarian assistance unworkable. The resolution aims to ease sanctions if Iraq lets arms monitors return to Baghdad - a proposal that so far Baghdad has ruled out. And Ms. Burghardt said it would be impossible for the W-F-P to buy food in local markets as the new resolution envisions. News of Ms. Burghardt's departure comes just days after another German U-N official - the organization's top humanitarian coordinator in Baghdad - resigned in protest over United Nations economic sanctions on Iraq. The aid coordinator, Hans Von Sponeck, called the impact of the economic sanctions on ordinary Iraqis a tragedy. He also said the United Nation's oil-for-food program was not meeting what he considered to be people's minimum requirements. That program allows Baghdad to sell more than five-billion dollars worth of oil every six months in return for food, medicine and other supplies. On Tuesday, Ms. Burghardt said she fully supported Mr. Von Sponeck's conclusion about the humanitarian impact of the sanctions. In 1998, Mr. Von Sponeck's predecessor, Dennis Halliday, also resigned after disagreeing with the program. Key U-N agencies and member countries are split over the impact of the sanctions. /// Opt /// The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) says the oil-for-food swap has not helped lower infant and child mortality rates, which UNICEF says have doubled in some areas since 1989. U-N Security Council members France, Russia and China also support an early easing of sanctions. /// End Opt /// The U-S and Britain have been strong supporters of the sanctions, particularly because of Baghdad's continuing refusal to allow U-N arms inspectors to return to Iraq. /// Opt /// U-S State Department spokesman James Rubin said Mr. Von Sponeck and Ms. Burghardt should not act as self-appointed spokesmen for the U-N Security Council. /// End Opt /// (SIGNED) NEB/LB/GE/ENE/JP 16-Feb-2000 10:49 AM EDT (16-Feb-2000 1549 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .