Iraqi Compensations For Gulf War Surge to $ 48 Billion

A U.N. panel overseeing compensation claims by countries and organizations affected by Iraq’s 1990-1991 invasion of Kuwait says the latest tranche brings to $48.3 billion the amount it has paid out since 2005, AP reported.

Iraq must currently set aside 1.5% of its oil export sales for the compensation fund.

The United Nations Compensation Commission said Tuesday that it has paid $240 million to the Kuwait state’s national oil company. The panel has approved 1.5 million claims brought by over 100 governments and international organizations, with all but one fully paid out.

The remaining claim, which includes the latest payment, comes from the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation. Some $4.1 billion of its $14.7 billion claim for oil production and sales losses resulting from damage to the country’s oil fields remain to be paid.

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