Poland wants to start negotiations on war reparations with Germany

Warsaw asks for a “permanent, complete and definitive legal and material solution of the consequences of the German aggression and occupation of 1939-1945”.

The Polish Foreign Minister indicated on Monday 3 October that his country intends to start negotiations with Germany on reparations for the Second World War, estimated by Warsaw at one thousand three hundred billion euros.

Minister Zbigniew Rau told reporters on Monday that he had signed a diplomatic note saying “the conviction (…) that the parties must take immediate steps towards a permanent, complete and definitive legal and material solution of the consequences of the German aggression and occupation of 1939-1945“The note should be sent to the head of German diplomacy Annalena Baerbock, who is expected to meet Zbigniew Rau on Tuesday evening in Warsaw.

That regulation should include in particular:the payment by the Federal Republic of Germany of compensation for the tangible and intangible losses caused to the Polish State by this aggression and occupationZbigniew Rau said.

According to the minister, this agreement should also include the payment of compensation to the victims of the Nazi aggression and their families, as well as a systematic solution to the issue of Polish cultural property and seized archival documents.

“Basing Polish-German relations on justice and truth”

This solution will make it possible to base Polish-German relations on justice and truth, bring about the closure of painful chapters of the past and ensure the further development of bilateral relations in the spirit of good neighborliness and friendly cooperation.“, Further emphasized Zbigniew Rau. In a report published on September 1, Warsaw estimated its losses during the Second World War at 6.2 trillion zlotys (1.3 trillion euros).

Of this totala very important part is the compensation for the death of over 5.2 million Polish citizens“, Then underlined Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of the ruling party Law and Justice, adding that the process before Poland receives these reparations would be”long and difficult“According to Germany, Poland renounced war reparations in 1953 and repeatedly confirmed this waiver.

Berlin has opposed the same arguments to the claims made by Greece in the past. For the Polish liberal opposition, the debate on war reparations relaunched by the conservatives is intended primarily for domestic policy purposes, one year before the general elections.


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