Polish MPs slam Warsaw refusalto pursue war reparations

17th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

17 September 2004 , WARSAW - Right-wing Polish legislators behind a parliamentary resolution requiring the Polish government to seek war reparations from Germany slammed the Polish cabinet's recent decision to "close once and for all" the reparations issue, Polish Radio reported. MP Antoni Macierewicz said the government's declaration of "closure" echoed the 1953 decision of Poland's Soviet-backed communist prime minister Boleslaw Bierut who rejected war reparations for Poland despite Allied guarantees inc

17 September 2004

WARSAW - Right-wing Polish legislators behind a parliamentary resolution requiring the Polish government to seek war reparations from Germany slammed the Polish cabinet's recent decision to "close once and for all" the reparations issue, Polish Radio reported.

MP Antoni Macierewicz said the government's declaration of "closure" echoed the 1953 decision of Poland's Soviet-backed communist prime minister Boleslaw Bierut who rejected war reparations for Poland despite Allied guarantees included in the 1945 Potsdam Agreement.

The document states that reparations for Poland were to be funnelled through the Soviet Union. Section III, Article 2 of the document on "Reparations from Germany" states: "The USSR undertakes to settle the reparation claims of Poland from its own share of reparations."

According to Macierewicz, Bierut's 1953 decision to forego reparations out of loyalty to Moscow, had no legal clout and was contrary to Polish national interests.

Following days of controversy over the Polish parliament's resolution demanding dialogue on seeking war reparations from Germany on Tuesday Polish and German leaders declared the issue closed.

Prime Minister Marek Belka called the war reparations issue "closed once and for all".

In Berlin, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said he was pleased the Polish government had underscored their "common view".

Polish Foreign Minister Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz said Poland would set up a task force to estimate the losses it suffered under Nazi German occupation, but would not pursue reparation claims against Germany.

"Legally the issue of reparations was closed long ago and we don't want to burden Polish-German relations with it," Cimoszewicz said Tuesday.

Polish legislators passed the resolution on war reparations after a company representing Germans who lost properties in German regions given to Poland by the Allies after the war threatened to launch massive compensation suits against Poland.

On Thursday, Polish Parliamentary Speaker Josef Oleksy confirmed talks were underway for a meeting between Polish and German legislators on the reparations issue.

DPA

Subject: German news

 

 

 

 

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