Germany: War reparations to Poland resolved but debate OK

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Germany: War reparations to Poland resolved but debate OK
Germany: War reparations to Poland resolved but debate OK

BERLIN (AP) – Germany’s foreign minister has suggested an experts’ group could be created to look into calls from some of Poland’s nationalist leaders that the country should be paid World War II reparations from Berlin.

However, Sigmar Gabriel also made very clear during his meeting with new Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz on Wednesday that under international law and according to bilateral treaties between the two nations, the question of reparations has long been concluded.

Czaputowicz said he was open to the idea of having experts look into the whole issue. He underlined that the public debate on reparations was an important one in Poland that needed to be discussed.

Both men said a close German-Polish relationship was important for the two countries and the European Union as well.

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel briefs the media after a meeting with his Polish counterpart Jacek Czaputowicz at the foreign ministry in Berlin, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Poland’s Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz briefs the media after a meeting with his German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel at the foreign ministry in Berlin, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, right, and his Polish counterpart Jacek Czaputowicz, left, brief the media after a meeting at the foreign ministry in Berlin, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Poland’s Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz briefs the media after a meeting with his German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel at the foreign ministry in Berlin, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, right, and his Polish counterpart Jacek Czaputowicz, left, brief the media after a meeting at the foreign ministry in Berlin, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, right, and his Polish counterpart Jacek Czaputowicz, left, brief the media after a meeting at the foreign ministry in Berlin, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, right, and his Polish counterpart Jacek Czaputowicz, left, brief the media after a meeting at the foreign ministry in Berlin, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, right, and his Polish counterpart Jacek Czaputowicz, left, brief the media after a meeting at the foreign ministry in Berlin, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
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