Bush prevents non-coalition contracts from Iraq reconstruction

United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan has called on the US government to open up the bidding process for reconstruction contracts in Iraq to all countries, not just to those that supported the US-led war.

But US President George W Bush has ignored the call, saying contracts awarded should reflect troops on the ground.

The 26 contracts worth $25 billion will only be open to countries contributing forces to Iraq, such as Spain, Poland and Australia.