Poland asks UN to intervene in the issue of war reparations from Germany

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Poland is directing a motion to the UN requesting the international body to intervene in the issue of war reparations, Deputy Foreign Minister Arkadiusz Mularczyk announced in an interview with the Polish public radio broadcaster.

The aim of the request is to make the international community and the most important international organisations aware that there is a problem of unaccounted war crimes, the deputy minister added.

Asked about the issue of war reparations, Mularczyk noted that the Polish government had taken a number of measures. “We have sent more than 50 notes to the countries of the European Union, the Council of Europe and NATO so that this issue is known,” he said.

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He added that the Polish government also approached UNESCO in regard to cultural works looted from Poland during the war.

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The deputy foreign minister further stated that Polish actions in relation to the reparations over the past three months aim to “internationalise the issue of reparations” and “make politicians and diplomats aware that this problem is unresolved”.

We are asking for an intervention on this issue, to create a certain platform for talks with Germany, which does not want to hold this dialogue,” Mularczyk added.

On September 1, 2022, a report on the losses suffered by Poland as a result of German aggression and occupation during the Second World War was presented, showing that the total amount of losses amounted to more than PLN 6,220,609,000 (EUR 1.3 trillion). The report was prepared by a team operating in the previous parliamentary term, headed by Mularczyk.