IK/ 183 12 October 1995 UNITED NATIONS COMPENSATION COMMISSION CONCLUDES 18TH SESSION IN GENEVA GENEVA, 11 October (UN Information Service) -- The Governing Council of the United Nations Compensation Commission held its eighteenth Session from 9 to 11 October 1995 under the presidency of the Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations Office at Geneva, Giuseppe Baldocci, to consider additional compensation claims resulting from departures from Iraq and Kuwait during the 1990-1991 Persian Gulf War. After receiving the report of Executive Secretary Carlos Alzamora and the report of the working group, through its Chairman, Corrado Milesi Ferretti, the Council approved the fourth report of the Panel of Commissioners for category "A" claims, for individual departures, awarding $771,531,000 to 217,513 individual claimants from 67 countries and three international organizations filing Palestinian claims. This latest approval brings the total of resolved category "A" claims to over 560,000 claims from 77 countries and international organizations, with a value of over $2 billion. The Council also received the report and recommendations of the panel on the jurisdiction phase of the consolidated Egyptian workers claim. While awaiting the panel's final report, the Council requested the Executive Secretary to provide the text of the report to the Governments of Egypt and Iraq. The Council decided to pay the outstanding compensation awards issued so far in category "B" claims (death and serious personal injuries) totaling $8.2 million to claimants from 41 countries and three international organizations filing Palestinian claims. This is in addition to the $2.7 million already paid on the first instalment to claimants from 16 countries. The Commission accepted for processing, on a selective and case-by-case basis, 3,110 claims in categories A, B, C, D and E filed by 18 countries and four international organizations after the expiration date, for reasons beyond the responsibility of the claimants or due to the breakdown in civil order of the country concerned. Another 1,349 claims were submitted to further examination, while 130 were not accepted. (more) - 2 - Press Release IK/183 12 October 1995 The Council discussed several procedural measures to facilitate the submission of additional information and views by the parties and to speed up the processing of claims. Other measures were adopted by the Council to reduce costs. The Council also considered the question of additional sources of funding, in conjunction with the letter addressed by the President of the Governing Council to the Chairman of the Sanctions Committee. That letter requested information on the confiscated Iraqi oil illegally carried by ships seized in the Persian Gulf that, according to the relevant Security Council provisions, should be sold, with its proceeds to go to the escrow account and 30 per cent transferred to the Compensation Fund. Representatives from the Governments of Kuwait, Iraq, Sudan and India addressed the Council. The next meeting of the Governing Council will take place from 11 to 13 December 1995. * *** * .