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Israel to Get $74M for Attack



So Iraq is finally allowed to emply some lawyers - having paid for all the
other countries lawyers - best, felicity a.

Israel to Get $74M for Attack
By Alexander G. Higgins
Associated Press Writer
Thursday, June 21, 2001; 4:27 p.m. EDT

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/aponline/20010621/aponline162740_000.ht
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GENEVA  Israel will receive $74 million in compensation for costs
incurred in Iraqi Scud missile attacks during the Gulf War, but a U.N.
panel rejected most of a $1 billion military-related claim.

"The commission very early decided that military costs of participating
in the Desert Storm operation would not be compensated, but a number of
member states went ahead in spite of this," U.N. Compensation Commission
spokesman Joe Sills said Thursday.

The commission, charged with making payments to victims of Iraq's 1990
invasion of Kuwait and the resulting Gulf War, received a total of $8.58
billion in claims from Israel, Germany, Turkey and Syria, but only
awarded approximately $79 million in compensation, Sills said.

Sills did not go into detail about what was rejected, but commission
documents showed many of the successful claims involved costs of
evacuating civilians. The commission also agreed to cover damage to
diplomatic buildings, the documents showed.

Germany submitted claims for $130 million and was awarded $5 million.
Turkey asked for $3.3 billion, but was granted only $1,800 for property
losses. Syria submitted claims for $3.8 billion, but none of its claims
were approved, Sills said.

The awards are funded through the U.N. oil-for-food program. The
compensation fund receives 25 percent of the revenue Iraq earns through
the sale of oil.

Because of Iraq's refusal to sell oil under the U.N.-imposed conditions,
no further funds are being added to the commission's reserves, but it
still has $503 million available, Sills said.

The panel also decided to let Iraq have up to $5 million to hire
consultants to defend against environmental claims. The agreement, which
initially had been opposed by the United States, was worked out on a
political level in the U.N. Security Council in New York, Sills said.

The commission is made up of representatives of the 15 Security Council
members.

 Copyright 2001 The Associated Press


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