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German FM reacts to Athens' decision to participate in ICJ proceedings on WWII reparations

Δημοσίευση 14 Ιανουαρίου 2011, 10:44 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
German FM reacts to Athens' decision  to participate in ICJ proceedings  on WWII reparations
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The government of Germany invokes the privilege of exterritoriality and has “no understanding” of the Greek government’s decision to exercise its right to participate in support of the Distomo massacre victims at proceedings being held before the International Court of Justice in The Hague (ICJ).

The government of Germany invokes the privilege of exterritoriality and has “no understanding” of the Greek government’s decision to exercise its right to participate in support of the Distomo massacre victims at proceedings being held before the International Court of Justice in The Hague (ICJ).

The proceedings concern the pending dispute between Germany and Italy as regards WWII reparations for the massacres and destruction committed during the Nazi occupation.

In a written statement on Thursday, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle mentioned that he “has no understanding of the Greek government’s decision” and pointed out that Germany is aware of its responsibility for its history. He also stated that “we are aware of the particular suffering of the Greek people during WWII”. However, Germany firmly supports its position and is optimistic that its legal approach will be accepted in the ICJ.

The German foreign minister invoked the privilege of exterritoriality and pointed out that “as regards the claims against Germany we are expecting that the internationally recognized law principles will be respected and most of all Germany’s immunity as a state.”

The statement concluded that “if this basic principle ceases to be in effect then the world community of states will be faced with legal uncertainty”.

The German foreign minister was notified over the Greek government’s decision by Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas on Wednesday.

The town of Distomo, south-central Greece, was the scene of a massacre during WWII when 218 locals were executed as part of Nazi reprisals for the activity of partisans in the general area.

The Distomo massacre case deadline at the International Court of Justice in The Hague expires on Jan. 14, 2011.