"I believe in his integrity,"
said Ms. Swain, a delegate to global conferences on women,
children, environmental and conflict-resolution issues
who helped found the Boston-based Coalition for a Strong
United Nations with Mr. Baratta. "He has been such
a calm presence in the world," said Ms. Swain, who
coordinates a peer mediation program at Burncoat High
The secretary-general was drawn more
closely into the burgeoning scandal when it was revealed
that his son, Kojo, remained on the payroll years after
leaving a company in Africa that had a contract in the
Iraq oil-for-aid program.
"We must remember that his son
has only been accused, not convicted," Ms Swain
The oil-for-aid scandal is the subject
of several investigations, including one in the U.S.
Senate, and Mr. Annan has named former U.S. Federal
Reserve chairman Paul Volcker to head the U.N. investigation.
He promised "the most far-reaching
investigation" in the U.N.s history. The
investigation should be allowed to run its course without
pressure from American politicians, Mr. Baratta said.
"In fact, its the secretary-generals
responsibility to the organization to fill out his term,
not to collapse at the first Republican article thats
critical of him," he said.
Ms. Swain said the United States, as
one of five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council,
must bear some responsibility for corruption in the
Mr. Baratta, author most recently of
the book "The Politics of World Federation,"
supports recommendations to increase the Security Council
members to 23 and permanent members to 11, including
Germany, Japan, India, Egypt, Brazil and an African
country, most likely Nigeria or South Africa.