I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union.
The Candidate Countries Croatia*, Turkey and The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, Montenegro, as well as Ukraine, Moldova and Armenia align themselves with this declaration.
At the outset, let me thank the Under-Secretary-General for Internal Oversight Services, Ms. Inga-Britt Ahlenius, for her introduction of the report on the activities of the Procurement Task Force for the 18-month period ended 30 June 2007 (A/62/272). Let me also thank the Under-Secretary General for Management, Ms. Alicia Barcena, for her introduction of the report of the Secretary-General on the Procurement Task Force (A/61/603) and the note of the Secretary-General on the aforementioned OIOS report (A/62/272/Add.1).
The European Union believes that the report of OIOS gives useful clarifications regarding the activities and findings of the Task Force. Further information may be needed on the establishment and financing of the Task Force. The report contains findings related to individual cases. The information relating to these cases needs to be handled with care and with regard to the right to a due process. At the same time, the European Union notes with concern the findings of the Task Force of corruption, fraud, waste, abuse, negligence and mismanagement in a number of high value contracts.
The note of the Secretary-General shows further the complexity of the work of the Task Force pertaining to procurement, due process and to its functioning.
The European Union clearly sees the merits of the activities and the competence of the Task Force and believes that it is important that it be in a position to finalize its case load during 2008. In order to have a comprehensive approach to the work of the Task Force and the overall investigation activities of OIOS, we ask the Secretary-General to make all efforts to submit to the General Assembly the report requested in the 61st session on the review of the Investigations Division of OIOS as soon as possible.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
* Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.”