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Tuesday, 06 December 2022 09:20 GMT

Greece offers its opinion on German compensation


(MENAFN) According to Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, Greece has not given up on the idea of Germany paying reparations for the atrocities perpetrated during World War II.

Dendias claimed that "for the Greek government and the Greek society, this issue remains open" during a news conference he co-hosted in Warsaw with his Polish counterpart, Zbigniew Rau.

Greek Minister remarked, “and its resolution, which is primarily a matter of principle, I think will be beneficial for all the countries involved and the EU as such.”

The reparations topic has been brought up by Dendias several times in the past. He declared that receiving German reparations would "constitute a de facto apology for the crimes of the German occupation troops" on the 77th anniversary of the Distomo massacre, in which members of the Waffen-SS slaughtered 228 men, women, and children in the Greek hamlet.

During his conversation with the German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock in July, the minister brought up the subject once more. Although she highlighted that Germany still feels responsibility for its Nazi past, she claimed at the time that her nation believes the legal matter to be resolved. The German minister stated that any reconciliation process may involve contributions to cities and villages impacted by the German occupation as well as assistance for Greek Jews.

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