The UN Security Council eased sanctions against Iraq imposed after Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait in 1990. Iraq welcomed the move as a landmark decision and promised to enhance cooperation with Kuwait for its support and assistance to get the sanctions lifted.
The Security Council imposed sanctions on Iraq and asked it to pay compensation worth 52 billion US dollars and help in finding more than 600 Kuwaitis who went missing under chapter VII of UN Charter. Now it will come under Chapter VI of the UN Charter, which calls for a peaceful resolution of disputes. However, Iraq still has to pay 11 billion dollars as war compensation to Kuwait and help find more than 600 Kuwaitis missing since the invasion. It has also urged Iraq to return national treasures and archives.