UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Compensation Commission that settles damage claims from victims of Iraq’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait on Thursday approved $1.3 billion for six successful claimants.
The Geneva-based U.N. Compensation Commission is funded by a 5 percent tax on the export of Iraqi oil, as determined by the U.N. Security Council in 2003.
Thursday’s payments were made to four individuals, a corporation and a government or international organization, none of which were identified in the UNCC’s announcement.
The agency has now paid out a total of $37.7 billion for more than 1.5 million successful claims by individuals, corporations, governments and international organizations, the statement said.
The Commission was established in 1991 by the U.N. Security Council. It has received nearly 3 million claims, from nearly 100 governments for themselves, their nationals or their corporations.