WW2 reparations fundamental for Poland, says dep FM

Arkadiusz Mularczyk is also head of a parliamentary team dealing with reparations. Christoph Soeder/PAP

Germany paying WWII reparations is of fundamental importance and a question of dignity for Poland, a deputy foreign minister told the DPA news agency on Tuesday.

Arkadiusz Mularczyk, who is also head of a parliamentary team dealing with reparations, said Poland wanted to negotiate with Germany over the costs arising from the war and occupation, but would go to the international arena if Germany declined to sit down to talk.

According to a report presented by the Polish government in September examining the material and human destruction inflicted on Poland by Nazi forces from 1939 to 1954, Germany owes Poland EUR 1.3 trillion.

The Polish foreign ministry has sent a diplomatic note to Germany demanding compensation for the war losses.

"The reparation issue is of fundamental importance for Poland. This is not just a political matter, it is also a question of Poland's dignity," Mularczyk told DPA in Berlin.

"Now the Germans have a choice: either they sit down to talks with Poland, or we will press the issue on all international platforms - in the UN, the Council of Europe, and the European Union," he added.

Germany maintains that the issue of reparations for Poland is closed.