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                      5 February 1996









UNITED NATIONS COMPENSATION COMMISSION GOVERNING COUNCIL HEARS REPORT



ON UPCOMING TALKS BETWEEN ORGANIZATION AND IRAQ





Poland Elected Vice-President





  GENEVA, 5  February (UN Information Service)  -- The  Governing Council of

the United Nations  Compensation Commission,  meeting for its fifth  special

session this  morning, heard a  report from its  Executive Secretary on  the

upcoming talks  between  Iraq and  the  United  Nations Secretariat  on  the

possibilities  of achieving  the  humanitarian   formula  of  "oil-for-food"

foreseen in Security  Council resolution 986  (1995).   The success of  such

talks  could enable  the Commission  to  pay  compensation to  about 500,000

successful  claimants in  categories  "A" (departure)  and  "C"  (individual

property loss).



  The  Governing  Council   decided  to  accept  claims  of  categories  "E"

(corporate claims)  and "F" (government  claims) filed  after the designated

deadlines. However, concerning  late claims from individual categories  "A",

"B" (serious  personal injury  and death),  "C" and  "D" (individual  claims

greater  than  $100,000),  the Governing  Council only  accepted  the claims

submitted by Yemen and  the office of  the United Nations High  Commissioner

for Refugees  in Geneva.  Except for Yemen  which, in light  of its  special

circumstances, is being provided a last and final  extension of the deadline

for filing  its claims, the Governing  Council decided  that any forthcoming

late  claims  in individual  categories  ("A", "B",  "C"  and "D")  will  be

directly rejected by the Secretariat.



  During  this  session  the  Governing  Council  also  elected  Poland   as

VicePresident  in  the  person  of  its  Permanent  Representative,   Ludwik

Dembinsky,.

Poland replaces the Czech Republic, whose  membership in the Council expired

on 31  December 1995.   The current  President of the Council  is Italy, and

the  other  Vice-President  is  Indonesia.   The  Executive  Secretary  also

introduced Robert Souria,  the new Deputy  Executive Secretary, who replaces

Liviu Bota.



  The Governing Council agreed to hold its next regular session from

28 to 30 May.









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