The German government has formally rejected Warsaw’s request to negotiate compensation for damages suffered by Poland during World War II, the Polish Foreign Ministry announced on Tuesday.
“According to the German government, the case of reparations and compensation for war damage remains closed and the German government does not intend to open negotiations on this matter,” a ministry statement said. , published after receiving an official response from Berlin.
Poland is claiming compensation from Germany for an amount estimated in Warsaw at one thousand three hundred billion euros.
On Tuesday, Polish diplomacy took the matter to the United Nations, asking its senior representatives for their “cooperation and support so that Poland can receive compensation for the damage caused by German aggression and occupation. in the years 1939-1945″.
According to Germany, Poland waived war reparations in 1953 and repeatedly confirmed this waiver. Berlin has opposed the same arguments to the claims for reparations raised in the past by Greece.
Polish nationalist conservatives in power dispute the validity of this 1953 agreement, saying that Warsaw acted at the time under pressure from the Soviet Union.
Since coming to power in Poland in 2015, the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party has often championed the issue of war reparations, insisting that Germany has a “moral duty” in the matter.