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Cannot help those seeking reparations for Gulf war: MEA

NEW DELHI: External Affairs Ministry today said it is unable to help those seeking revival of paying compensation for damages during the Gulf war, saying the matter is in the domain of an UN body which has closed the process of reparations.

            The Ministry said though the UN Compensation Commission (UNCC) concluded its claims processing exercise in 2005, the MEA’s Special Kuwait Cell continues to receive enquiries and appeals from a large number of people on the status of their claims.

            The UNCC was set up in 1991 with a mandate to process claims and pay compensation to individuals of various nationalities, including Indians, for losses and damage suffered by them during the Gulf War.

            In a statement, the MEA said the claims were examined, processed, accepted or rejected under the exclusive discretion of the authorities at the UNCC in Geneva and the Commission’s decisions in this regard were final. (AGENCIES)

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