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03KUWAIT3750
2003-08-17 13:22:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Kuwait
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GOK SUPPORTS CONTESTED UNCC CLAIM

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						C O N F I D E N T I A L KUWAIT 003750 

SIPDIS

STATE FOR NEA/ARP

E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/15/2013
TAGS: KUNC PREL KU
SUBJECT: GOK SUPPORTS CONTESTED UNCC CLAIM

Classified By: CDA Frank C. Urbancic for reasons 1.5 (d)

C O N F I D E N T I A L KUWAIT 003750

SIPDIS

STATE FOR NEA/ARP

E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/15/2013
TAGS: KUNC PREL KU
SUBJECT: GOK SUPPORTS CONTESTED UNCC CLAIM

Classified By: CDA Frank C. Urbancic for reasons 1.5 (d)


1. (U) This is an action request. Please see para 5.


2. (C) MFA IO Division Acting Director Ambassador Aqeel
Behbehani contacted PolChief on August 16 to express the
GOK's official support for a United Nations Compensation
Commission (UNCC) claim by prominent Kuwaiti businessman
Jawad Bu Khamseen. The claim, the total value of which is
at least USD 140 million, was considered by the "Dl" Panel
of UNCC Commissioners and decided against in March 2003.
The ruling is disputed by Bu Khamseen, who claims the
Commissioners denied his request for an oral hearing.


3. (C) In 1982, Bu Khamseen took out a loan from a
consortium of domestic and foreign banks for USD 140
million. When the Kuwaiti economy (and the value of Bu
Khamseen's property collateral) began to suffer as a result
of both the Iran-Iraq War and the Al-Manakh stock exchange
crisis of the same year, Bu Khamseen found himself unable
to make payment on the loan. To the rescue came the GOK
and domestic banks, which developed a plan to bail out all
Kuwaitis in Mr. Bu Khamseen's predicament. The agreement
finalizing the buy-out of Mr. Bu Khamseen's loan was to
have been signed on August 6, 1990, in Bahrain. When it
was not, as a result of the August 2 invasion of Kuwait,
and the Kuwaiti banks which had agreed in principle to the
deal failed to honor it, Mr. Bu Khamseen sought
compensation via the UNCC.


4. (C) Mr. Bu Khamseen's son, Anwar, had previously
approached Poloff to request official USG assistance in
obtaining a second review of this claim. At that time, he
also raised concerns that the three-judge panel that
reviewed the case had not/not acted with impartiality based
on phone calls he had received from a non-participant who
showed unwarranted familiarity with the content of closed
meetings.


5. (C) Action Request: Please advise how post should
respond to the MFA.
URBANCIC