Germany, Poland reject war reparation claims

27th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

27 September 2004, BERLIN - The German and Polish governments Monday rejected all claims for reparations for losses incurred as a result of World War II. German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said that "the miracle of friendship and reconciliation" between the two countries should not be destroyed "by people living in the past". Schroeder was speaking after talks with Polish Prime Minister Marek Belka to discuss the reparations row which has caused tension between the neighbours. They agreed to create a team

27 September 2004

BERLIN - The German and Polish governments Monday rejected all claims for reparations for losses incurred as a result of World War II.

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said that "the miracle of friendship and reconciliation" between the two countries should not be destroyed "by people living in the past".

Schroeder was speaking after talks with Polish Prime Minister Marek Belka to discuss the reparations row which has caused tension between the neighbours.

They agreed to create a team of lawyers to fight any eventual individual or group claims for compensation in relation to losses resulting from the war.

It follows moves by both Germans and Poles to seek compensation for war losses.

The Prussian Trustees, a group German WWII expellees, said last month it would file lawsuits to win compensation from Poland for properties lost in former eastern territories of Germany after the war.

This was followed by a resolution passed by the Polish parliament in September which called on the government to seek reparations from Germany for Poland's war losses.

However, both the German and Polish governments have attempted to play down the affair and declared the reparations issue to be legally settled.

DPA

Subject: German news

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