Kuwait has received another $270 million in compensation for Iraq’s 1990 invasion, the UN said Tuesday, as it aims to wrap up reparations more than a decade after Saddam Hussein‘s death.
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The United Nations Compensation Commission was set up in 1991, the same year that a US-led coalition drove former Iraqi dictator Hussein’s forces out of Kuwait.
The commission has been authorised to pay out $52.4 billion (46.8 billion euros) to individuals, corporations, government bodies and other organisations that incurred losses directly caused by the Iraqi leader’s incursion and occupation of Kuwait.
The funds come from a levy on the sale of Iraqi oil and petroleum products.
The commission was forced to halt payments between 2014 and 2018, due to a security crisis in Iraq, notably the takeover of large parts of the country by the Islamic State group.
With the latest payment, the commission said it had paid out a total of $48.7 billion, leaving $3.7 billion left to be distributed.
Those funds are tied to a single claim submitted by the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation losses in oil production and damage to oil field assets, the commission said in a statement.
Until it requested a pause in 2014, Iraq adhered to the levy, although some have questioned whether the scheme remains fair to a still-struggling nation. Hussein was ousted by another US invasion in 2003 and executed in 2006.
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