IK/159 14 December 1993 COMPENSATION COMMISSION TO BEGIN FINAL EXAMINATION OF DEATH, PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS RESULTING FROM IRAQI INVASION OF KUWAIT Decision on Compensation Awards To Be Made by April 1994 The United Nations Compensation Commission established by Security Council resolution 692 (1991) to review compensation claims resulting from Iraq's invasion and occupation of Kuwait, will today begin the final stages of its examination of those claims that relate to death and serious personal injury. The initial batch of death and serious personal injury claims to be reviewed covers citizens from 19 countries, and constitutes approximately 30 per cent of the death and serious personal injury claims submitted so far. In accordance with the applicable rules, a panel of Commission members will have 120 days in which to examine the claims. The claims will then be presented to the Governing Council of the Commission, together with the panel's recommendations on the amounts to be paid to the claimants' Governments. By April 1994, the Governing Council of the Commission is expected to be in a position to act on the recommendations of the panel, and to order appropriate payments to be made from the Compensation Fund. Two other categories of claims will be dealt with by panels that are to start their work in February 1994. These panels will deal with compensation claims relating to individuals who departed from Kuwait or Iraq as a result of the invasion, and with compensation claims for individual losses of up to $100,000. Recommendations from these two additional panels will be presented to the Governing Council in June of 1994. The awards to be issued at that time will cover tens of thousands of claimants -- including claimants from all 78 countries that have filed claims. The Compensation Commission has its seat in Geneva, and operates as a subsidiary organ of the Security Council. The Commission's Governing Council has the same membership as the Security Council. * *** * .