Poland demands reparations from Germany for ww2 war damage

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Poland demands reparations from Germany for ww2 war damage

Poland's Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau gestures with Romanian counterpart Bogdan Aurescu on Sept 7, 2022 in Bucharest, Romania. ANDREEA ALEXANDRU AP WARSAW Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau signed a diplomatic note outlining his country's demands for reparations from Germany for the damage caused during World War Two.

In a report released on September 1, the Polish government estimated the country's human and material war losses at 1.3 trillion euros $1.27 trillion. The German government said that the issue was closed because Poland waived its right to war reparations in 1953.

Rau told reporters that he believes that both sides should take immediate steps towards a lasting, comprehensive and final legal and material regulation of the effects of the German aggression and occupation of 1939 -- 1945. One day before the scheduled meeting with his visiting German counterpart, Annalena Baerbock, here on Tuesday, Rau also stated that Germany's payment of reparations would allow the building of Polish-German relations upon justice and truth. ALSO READ: Polish PM seeks dialogue with Israel on 'difficult history'

The initialization of a diplomatic note regarding the settlement of the aftermath of the attack on Poland and the German occupation in 1939 -- 1945 is another important step towards justice and summary of our common past, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Monday.