IK/ 182 9 October 1995 COMPENSATION COMMISSION GOVERNING COUNCIL TO HOLD EIGHTEENTH SESSION IN GENEVA Meeting to Focus on Additional Claims for Departure from Iraq and Kuwait GENEVA, 6 October (UN Information Service) -- The Governing Council of the United Nations Compensation Commission, at its eighteenth session which opens here today, 9 October, will consider some 200,000 additional compensation claims with a value of approximately $771 million resulting from departures from Iraq and Kuwait during the Gulf war. The three-day meeting will be chaired by the Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations Office at Geneva, Giuseppe Baldocci. The Governing Council will review the fourth instalment of category "A" claims, for individual departures from Iraq and Kuwait, which includes claims from 67 countries, plus the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) filed on behalf of mostly Palestinians who were forced to flee as a result of the illegal occupation of Kuwait by Iraq in 1990-1991. The fourth instalment comprises 217,513 claims, with a total value of $771,513,000. Conclusion of this consideration will bring the total of "A" claims approved for payment by the Governing Council to approximately 600,000, for a cumulative value of approximately $2 billion. Also, the Governing Council is to look at the jurisdictional phase of the report carried out by the panel dealing with the claim for non-transferred remittances of Egyptian workers in Iraq. It will be considering a report from a panel of Commissioners who have been reviewing the Egyptian claim, and will examine the Commission's jurisdiction over those claims. This concerns about 1.2 million claims, affecting approximately 900,000 claimants, for the dollar equivalent of deposits they had made in Iraq from their salaries, which were not transferred to them after August 1990. The amount involved is roughly equivalent to $490 million. The Commission will also discuss the status of the compensation fund. * *** * .