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Droutsas: Greece has never waived claim to German war reparations

Δημοσίευση 15 Ιανουαρίου 2011, 12:59 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Droutsas: Greece has never waived claim to German war reparations
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Greece has never waived its claim to war reparations from Germany for World War II atrocities, Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas repeated in Parliament on Friday. He said that Greece's decision to exercise its right to participate in the proceedings between Germany and Italy on this issue at the International Court at the Hague was "self-evident.

Greece has never waived its claim to war reparations from Germany for World War II atrocities, Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas repeated in Parliament on Friday. He said that Greece's decision to exercise its right to participate in the proceedings between Germany and Italy on this issue at the International Court at the Hague was "self-evident.

Replying to a question by Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) MP Panagiotis Lafazanis, Droutsas said that this was a standing position of all Greek governments while noting that the issue was extremely complex, especially in terms of the legal parameters that required careful handling.

He also noted that the political dimensions of the problem require accurate analysis that also took into account the diplomatic conjunction, while the human and historic issues touched a very sensitive chord in Greece because the country had paid an extremely heavy price during WWII and justifiably sought moral vindication, above all.

"It is a decision that is hugely symbolic and in itself vindicates their long struggle over the years," Droutsas added.
He also said that Greece regularly raised the issue of war reparations during meetings with German officials.

Lafazanis, on his part, pointed out that Greece was the only country that had still not received war reparations from Germany 70 years after WWII and that the Greek government's intervention was too long delayed.

The Greek government’s move is made in support of the people of Distomo in south-central Greece, who, despite the fact that both Greek and European courts had ruled in favour of their claims for war reparations have been prevented from confiscating German state property in Greece.

As a result, the people of Distomo resorted to a court in Italy, which upheld their claim to war reparations. Germany has now appealed against the Italian court's ruling at the Hague.

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