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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 m 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 -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq For removal from list, email firstname.lastname@example.org Full details of CASI's various lists can be found on the CASI website: http://www.casi.org.uk