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  • “The case of war reparations from Germany is indistinct; at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs we have undertaken initial legal analyzes and they are not conclusive,” the head of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Witold Waszczykowski said.
     

    "I admit that in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs we have made preliminary analyzes, and these legal analyzes are not conclusive, because the case has been indistinct for several decades," Minister Waszczykowski said on Thursday in an interview for the Internet television platform of wPolsce.pl.

     
    He added that the end of World War II was not clear-cut from a legal-political perspective. 


    "There was no peace conference to conclude and divide off everything, apart from that following the end of World War II we swiftly drifted into the 'Cold War', which divided Europe, led to the division of allies and the division of their positions with regard to Germany," the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

     
    Minister Waszczykowski recalled that in 1953 the government of the Polish People’s Republic decided to resign from receiving compensation. 


    He said, however, that everything indicates that this related to resigning from receiving compensation from the GDR. 


    "The international obligations also stipulated that such compensation was to be given to us by the Soviet Union from its part agreed years ago, also during the Polish People’s Republic, that this compensation was the shifting of borders and receiving the Recovered Territories,” he pointed out. 


    "The situation is still tangled because in the following years, the People's Republic of Poland was trading people, opening the border from time to time, sometimes for the Silesians, for people from Masuria or Warmia-Masuria, and for this it also got money,” the Polish Foreign Minister said. 

     
    He said that the situation became more complicated in the 1990s. 


    "The treaty that we concluded with the Germans in the early 1990s did not address these issues at all," Waszczykowski said.

     
    Asked if Poland has any cards that it can play in the "reparation game", the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that "one such card is that we did not get these reparations". 


    "Poland was one of the most harmed states, it was a victim of World War II...one would have to first carry out a balance of World War II, to assess losses, such balances were made in some years," he said.


    “The situation is tangled also as a result of current Polish-German relations, as for years the previous governments argued that we have a lot to be thankful to the Germans for, that Germany was our promoter, that it got us in to the EU, to NATO, that (Germany) is a large payer (into the EU). These relations are indistinct today and all the arguments are drawn against serious discussion,” Minister Waszczykowski said. 


    Noting that Germany reacted nervously to the demand for reparations, the Polish Foreign Minister admitted that Germany react nervously, "all the more so because they have allies in Poland." 


    "There are (in Poland) parties that unambiguously isolate themselves from any discussion or debate, let alone talking about reparations with Germany, and they can use these instruments here inside Poland," the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. 


    Asked whether the MFA would carry out further studies regarding the reparation issue, Minister Waszczykowski said: "This is a matter, a political decision that is already going beyond the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, of course we will carry out such work, we will examine international law, the decisions that have been taken in the area in the past decades in Poland, we will present (these analyzes) to political decision-making that goes beyond the MFA."

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