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Poland asks UN to help secure WWII damages from Germany

A Polish Army Veteran attends a wreath laying ceremony marking national observances of the anniversary of World War II in Warsaw, Poland, Sept 1, 2022. World War II began on Sept 1, 1939, with Nazi Germany's bombing and invading Poland, for more than five years of brutal occupation. (MICHAL DYJUK / AP)

WARSAW – Poland had asked for the intervention of the United Nations over World War II reparations with Germany, a Polish deputy foreign minister said on Tuesday.

"The United Nations system offers instruments for dialogue as well as for introducing the international community to the scale of the damages caused by the German aggression and occupation during the war, and Poland intends to use them," Poland's Deputy Foreign Minister Arkadiusz Mularczyk said during a press conference.

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Later in the day, Mularczyk tweeted a photo of the letter addressed to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

On Sept 1, 2022, the Polish government presented a report detailing the material losses suffered by Poland during World War II, along with a pledge to demand money from Germany in reparations, to the tune of 6.2 trillion zloty ($1.4 trillion). On Oct 3, 2022, Poland's Foreign Ministry sent a diplomatic note to Germany demanding compensation for the damage.

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On Tuesday, Germany's Foreign Ministry responded to the note regarding WWII reparations, stating that the "issue remains closed." Mularczyk said this displayed a "disrespectful attitude" toward Poland and its people.