Czechs and Germans reach deal over WW2 dead

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13 April 2006, PRAGUE - The Czech Republic defence ministry and a German agency that oversees graves of war dead Thursday reached an agreement on burying some 4,000 soldiers.

13 April 2006

PRAGUE - The Czech Republic defence ministry and a German agency that oversees graves of war dead Thursday reached an agreement on burying some 4,000 soldiers.

The remains of the deceased Germans from World War II are currently stored in boxes at a Czech factory in the northern city of Usti nad Labem.

The remains were gathered from sites around the Czech Republic several years ago, but a final burial project ran out of money.

Now, said ministry spokesman Jan Pejsek, the remains will be transported to a storehouse at a Czech military training area in the Brdy nature region southwest of Prague. The task should begin by late April, he said.

Pejsek said the National Union for German Military Grave Service will lease the space, and the Czech military will pay transportation costs.

By the end of the lease period in late 2008, Pejsek said, the remains should be buried in a cemetery for German soldiers in Marianske Lazne (Marienbad).

The sensitive issue was discussed by German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his counterpart Cyril Svoboda last week during talks in Prague.

DPA

Subject: German news

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