The team will visit both countries this week to begin the process of returning the loot as required by UN resolutions, N. that implemented the ceasefire in the Gulf War. Foran said that Iraqi officials assured the United Nations that all stolen goods from Kuwait would be returned. He said that the Iraqis were cooperating “to the point of being useful.
Foran said that he and his colleague, H, K. Office in Vienna, Austria, had accounted for the 15 civilian aircraft taken from Kuwait. He said six were reported to be in Iran, eight were destroyed in allied air strikes and one has been returned from Jordan. He said there was no discrepancy in the amount of gold Iraqis reported to have and the amount that Kuwaitis said was stolen.
Foran and Glittenberg said they also saw the coins and banknotes stolen in Kuwait. They described it as a “considerable amount” of money, but they couldn't give an exact figure. Treasure boxes stolen from the Kuwait National Museum and private collections, including antiques, ceramics, sculptures, vases and some furniture, are housed in a warehouse in Baghdad, Foran said. Iraqis also took 124,000 books from the National Library of Kuwait, he said.
Foran did not have an estimate of the value of the museum's pieces and acknowledged that he could not guarantee that what he saw in Iraq represented all the money, museum items or books taken from Kuwait. He said that cross-referencing Iraqi and Kuwaiti inventories would be the second step in the repatriation process. But finding and returning the thousands of cars, air conditioners, blenders, hairdryers and other consumer goods leaving Kuwait is probably impossible. There is a lot of traffic on the black market, and many appear in places like Baghdad's venerable “Thieves' Market”, an institution in this ancient city and now an information clearing house for Kuwaiti looting.
There are food processors in their original boxes, phones issued by Kuwait and videocassette tapes from video clubs in Kuwaiti suburbs. Most sellers, if they speak, say they bought the merchandise before the invasion. The dealer said he also bought 250 VCRs and 250 televisions from a Kuwaiti merchant who feared that his assets would be looted. Ironically, the trader said he has been harmed by the influx of Kuwaiti loot in the market.