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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


New York, 18 December 2014 - Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the postponement of Iraq’s payment to the Compensation Fund

The Secretary-General welcomes the decision of the Governing Council of the United Nations Compensation Commission to support the Government of Iraq’s request to postpone until January 2016 Iraq's obligation to deposit 5 per cent of its oil proceeds into the Compensation Fund.

The Secretary-General is particularly grateful to the Government of Kuwait for its support in accepting the request of the Government of Iraq.

The Secretary-General expresses his strong solidarity with the Government and the people of Iraq who are currently facing a severe security and humanitarian crisis. The Secretary-General encourages the international community, including countries in the region, to further expand cooperation and support to Iraq at this challenging time.

Statements on 18 December 2014