Germany must immediately respond to WW2 reparations note says dep FM

Arkadiusz Mularczyk, a deputy foreign minister. Marcin Bielecki/PAP

Warsaw expects a clear and immediate response from Berlin to a diplomatic on war reparations, a Polish deputy foreign minister has said.

On September 1, the Polish government presented a comprehensive report detailing the material losses suffered by Poland during the Second World War along with a pledge to demand money from Germany in reparations to the tune of EUR 1.3 trillion.

Subsequently, Poland's foreign ministry sent a diplomatic note to Germany demanding compensation for the destruction. However, Germany maintains that the issue of reparations is closed.

Arkadiusz Mularczyk, a deputy foreign minister who earlier headed a government team that compiled a report on Poland's wartime losses, was in Berlin earlier this week for talks with German ministers on the costs arising from the war and occupation.

"These were important and good meetings, even though the topics were difficult," Mularczyk told Polish Radio on Thursday.

"I told my interlocutors that we expect a clear response to the diplomatic note and that we would like to have this response immediately," he said.

Asked whether German politicians were willing to discuss reparations, Mularczyk said that "so far there is no such declaration to start a dialogue, talks or negotiations."

"However, I think that this is a certain process and the German side must understand that this matter is unregulated. We in Poland know this, but they do not know this," he added.

Mularczyk also said that Poland needs to increase its "information activities in Germany, meetings, conferences, events, press publications."