The Polish Parliament passed a reparations resolution. Now the government wants to prepare a so-called diplomatic note and officially deliver the reparation demands to Berlin. The federal government refuses payments.
Poland wants to prepare a diplomatic note by early October to inform Berlin of demands for reparations for the damage caused by Germany in World War II. The note will not be long, Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau told the PAP news agency on Wednesday.
Two weeks ago, a parliamentary commission in Warsaw presented a report that put the damage caused by World War II in Poland at more than 1.3 trillion euros. At the same time, PiS boss Jaroslaw Kaczynski renewed the demand for compensation payments.
Poland’s parliament in a resolution on Wednesday called on the federal government to “take political, historical, legal and financial responsibility for all the consequences caused by the initiation of World War II.” The resolution was approved by an overwhelming majority of 418 of the voters 437 MPs present.
The document thus received the approval of both the national conservative governing party PiS and the opposition. However, at the request of an opposition MP, the word “reparations” was removed from the resolution and replaced with “reparations”.
The federal government rejects the demand for reparations. In doing so, she refers to the Two Plus Four Agreement of 1990 on the foreign policy consequences of German unity.
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