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                                                      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.





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