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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Exporter Slams UN

BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A Russian state firm has accused the UN sanctions committee of delaying the construction of power plants in south Iraq while the country faces crippling power shortages, an Iraqi newspaper reported Tuesday.

Al-Ittehad weekly quoted the director of the power stations of the Electricity Projects Company, Ahmed Saleh, as saying the Russian firm Technoprom Export had complained of delays by the United Nation sanctions committee in approving contracts.

Saleh said one contract was to restore two generators in Al-Hartha power station, while another was to set up the Yusifiya power station, which was due to have been built in 1990.

"The Russian company said in a letter to the Electricity Authority that ... Committee 661 had not released [approved] those two contracts," Saleh said.