Update: 04.10.2022 12:02
Warsaw – After meeting with her Polish counterpart Zbigniew Rau today in Warsaw, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock reiterated that Germany considers the issue of war reparations to Poland to be closed. The head of Polish diplomacy said at a joint press conference, according to Reuters, that he believed that Germany’s position on the matter would evolve.
Rau also said that he expects good cooperation with the German government in solving the issue of reparations, which Poland demands from Germany for damages caused during the Second World War.
On Monday, before Baerbock’s visit, Rau signed a diplomatic note on war reparations that Warsaw is demanding from Berlin, thus formalizing Poland’s previously expressed demand.
Poland announced on September 1, the 83rd anniversary of the start of World War II, that it would officially seek reparations from Germany for damages caused by Nazi occupation during the war. Warsaw estimates that the damage caused by the Nazi regime at the time amounted to 6.2 trillion zlotys (roughly 32 trillion crowns). In response, the German Foreign Ministry reiterated that it considers the issue of reparations closed. At the beginning of September, even German Chancellor Olaf Scholz again rejected this request of Poland. “Just like the previous federal governments, I can point out that this issue has been definitively resolved in terms of international law,” said Scholz.
Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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