Reparations to be discussed during war anniversaries: FM

Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz and his German counterpart Heiko Maas took part in a debate “The future of Europe - Polish and German perspectives” organised in Warsaw.

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At the joint press conference of both ministers, Mr Czaputowicz was asked if the issue of war reparations had been raised during their bilateral talks. The Polish FM said that it had not.

“The matter is on the agenda of discussions, but in Poland a parliamentary commission is dealing with it,” he explained.

The Polish minister also said that the issue of Poland's war-time losses - material but above all human - would be the subject of discussions on the occasion of the upcoming WWII anniversaries.

Mr Czaputowicz announced that he had invited his German counterpart to pay a visit to Warsaw on August 1, the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Uprising.

“That would also be an occasion for discussing historical issues, including holding bilateral talks,” the Polish FM stressed.

He also pointed out that on September 1 there will be the 80th anniversary of WWII. The German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier was invited to the main observances which will take place in Gdańsk, northern Poland.

The German FM confirmed that Mr Steinmeier will attend this ceremony. Moreover, Mr Maas expressed satisfaction at having received an invitation to ceremonies marking the Warsaw Uprising anniversary, saying these events were very important.