Iraq still owes about 24 billion dollars in war reparations for the 1990 occupation of oil-rich Kuwait, a Kuwaiti lawmaker was quoted as saying on Tuesday. Adnan Abdulsamad, head of parliament's budgets committee, said the emirate had so far received 17.5 billion dollars out of the 41.8 billion dollars approved by a United Nations special […]
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The UN on Tuesday expressed satisfaction that the Iraqi Government is willing to continue to pay five percent of its oil revenues into the Compensation Fund whether under the present mechanism or a successor mechanism to the Development for Iraq (DFI) whose mandate expires in December of this year.
Iraq has said it owes $25.5 billion in reparations, with $24 billion due to Kuwait alone. Iraq is seeking to reduce the amount of annual oil revenue it sets aside for war reparations, primarily to Kuwait, by 80 percent.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday said Iraq must continue to pay five percent of its oil proceeds into the Compensation Fund even if arrangements for the successor Development Fund for Iraq (DFI) are in place and Iraq stated its commitment to settle all debts inherited from the Saddam regime.
The Iraqi government has called on Kuwait to end the debts discussion ongoing since the invasion of the former regime in August 1990.
A Kuwaiti project to drill an oil deposit shared with Iraq has sparked outrage in Iraq's southern oil province of Basra.
It has been an exciting few weeks in Kuwait where the Government approved a $104bn development plan - the proximity and historic links to Basra where similar high impact developments in the oil and gas sector are starting, promises to create economic heat in the North of the Gulf.