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Poland ramps up bid for WWII damages from Germany: deputy FM

18.08.2023 11:30
The Polish government is ramping up its push for World War II reparations from Germany and expects to soon receive support from international partners, a deputy foreign minister has said.
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Arkadiusz Mularczyk made the statement in a media interview on Thursday, Polish state news agency PAP reported.

The deputy foreign minister was asked by private broadcaster Polsat News if Poland had allies in its quest for war reparations from Germany, such as the United States or Israel.

Mularczyk said: “It’s a process. I have made a series of visits to Italy, Greece, Serbia as well as the US.”

He added that the Polish government was in “the process of persuading" its "friends and allies” and that its bid for WWII damages from Germany was “on the right track.”

Mularczyk told Polsat News that “more details will be provided around mid-September."

He revealed that he had "held interesting talks with the government of Namibia,” a former German colony.

He said: “In Namibia too, there is an expectation that Germany will pay for the crimes it had committed.”

The Polish deputy foreign minister told Polsat News: “We are not only fighting for the Polish cause, but more broadly for justice in the wake of military conflicts.”

Mularczyk argued that Poland’s wartime experiences were “very important for Ukraine” as Kyiv’s war against Russia's invasion “will end at some point and there will be the question of responsibility.”

In July, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki stated that as long as his ruling conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party was in power, the government in Warsaw "will never abandon" its reparation claims.

He vowed to "bring the issue to a successful conclusion," the PAP news agency reported.

"Germany will have to pay,” Morawiecki said at the time.

Poland demands WWII damages from Germany

In April, Poland’s government adopted a resolution “on the need to regulate, in Polish-German relations, the issue of reparations, compensation and redress” for the losses caused by the German invasion and subsequent occupation of Poland during World War II.

The government said that the document “confirms that the issue of compensation for the damage and harm caused by Germany during World War II has not been settled in the form of an international agreement between the Republic of Poland and the Federal Republic of Germany, and that such an agreement must be entered into.”

In September last year, the Polish government announced that the losses suffered by Poland at the hands of Nazi Germany during World War II totalled PLN 6.22 trillion (EUR 1.3 trillion) and that it would demand compensation from Berlin.

In October, Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau signed a formal note to the government in Berlin, demanding compensation for losses Poland sustained during the war.

According to the German government, "the issue of reparations and compensation for World War II losses remains closed” and Berlin "does not intend to enter into negotiations on the matter," officials have said.


Source: PAP, Polsat News