23 December 1993



                  Payout of $3 Million to $5 Million Expected

              In April, $100 Million to $200 Million in July 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, which began the process of resolving

those claims earlier this month, is expected to examine some 1,000 cases

relating to death and personal injury.  The move is a major step towards

alleviating the condition of thousands of persons who suffered personal losses

during the Gulf war.

     Carlos Alzamora, Executive Secretary of the Commission, announced that

the three-member panel of Commissioners has begun reviewing the claims.  They

will be presented to the Governing Council of the Commission within 120 days

for approval.  Mr. Alzamora said these would make the compensation operation

an irreversible reality and reaffirm the faith of millions of claimants all

over the world in the attainment of international justice within the framework

of United Nations-established organs.

     The Commission has begun to resolve claims in less than two years since

they were filed.  This process has responded to the mandate received from the

Security Council to render quick and effective justice to the millions of

victims of the invasion and occupation of Kuwait.

     Claims are categorized as A, B and C for the individuals who fled from

Kuwait or Iraq as a result of the invasion, for those who suffered death or

serious injury, and for individual losses of property up to $100,000,


     Category B is the first being considered; it concerns the most sensitive

humanitarian cases -- deaths and serious physical and mental injuries.  Upon

acceptance of their claims, individuals will receive $2,500, while families

will receive a maximum of $10,000.


                                     - 2 -            Press Release IK/161

                                                      23 December 1993

     The majority of claims are from Kuwait and Jordan.  However, category A

also includes claims from Australia, Bahrain, China, Czech Republic, France,

Iran, Japan, Kenya, Mauritius, New Zealand, Pakistan, Poland, Sri Lanka,

Thailand, United Kingdom, United States and the former Yugoslavia.

     Categories A and C will be dealt with by panels that begin their work in

February 1994.  Recommendations from these two panels will be presented to the

Governing Council in June 1994.  The awards to be issued at that time will

cover some 50,000 claimants.

     Claims are expected to result in a total payout of $3 million to $5

million in April 1994 and $100 million to $200 million in July 1994.  For the

moment, the Commission has an amount of $29 million in both voluntary

contributions and frozen Iraqi funds held in the Compensation Fund.

     The Panel of Commissioners currently considering the claims in category B

is headed by Mohammed Benouna of Morocco.  Mr. Benouna is a professor of law,

a member of the International Law Commission and President of the Institut du

Monde Arabe in Paris.  Other members of the Panel are Denise

Bindschedler-Robert (Switzerland), professor of international law and

President of the Institut des Droits de l'Homme at Strasbourg; and Fan Ping

(China), diplomat and expert in international humanitarian affairs and

compensation procedures.

     The 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 composition as the Security Council.

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