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More than US$50 billion later, U.N. to close First Gulf War commission

As a subsidiary of the U.N. Security Council, the commission processed and paid US$52.4 billion to 1.5 million claimants for losses and damage suffered as a direct result of Iraq’s invasion and occupation of Kuwait from 1990 to 1991.

U.S. Marines entering Kuwait City in 1991
U.S. Marines entering Kuwait City in 1991 (AN/USMC)

GENEVA (AN) — The United Nations will formally shutter a commission that it established more than three decades ago to pay more than US$50 billion in losses and damage from Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait.

The U.N. Compensation Commission, created by a U.N. Security Council resolution on May 20, 1991, held its 89th and final session on Friday, according to U.N. officials in Geneva.

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