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Annan Dismisses Transfer of Iraqi Security to UN Troops


United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan says it is very unlikely that security operations in Iraq would be transferred from U.S.-led troops to U.N. peacekeepers.

Speaking on the sidelines of a security conference in Munich, Mr. Annan said at this stage, the United Nations hopes to help more with Iraq's post-war reconstruction.

Mr. Annan told the British Broadcasting Corporation the world body could help with training ministry officials and rebuilding the war-damaged country.

On another issue, Mr. Annan said he has no plans to resign over allegations of bribes and kickbacks in the U.N.-supervised oil-for-food program in Iraq.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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