Poland’s conservative government has stepped up efforts to have the country’s border with the Czech Republic redrawn in a way more favorable to Warsaw, the Rzeczpospolita newspaper reported on Thursday.
The demarcation of the border took place in the 1950s, when the issue of World War II was being settled. Poland and what was then Czechoslovakia, both of which were part of the communist bloc at the time, were fighting over some land, and Poland believes it has not received its fair share. Warsaw wants to get 368.44 hectares of compensation, the newspaper said.
Polish MP Jaroslaw Krajewski of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party told Rzeczpospolita that Poland was right to reject a 2005 Czech proposal to settle the issue by paying compensation.
Poles and Czechs have historical grudges over part of the land in the Cieszyn Silesia region, which was divided in the 1920s after the Austro-Hungarian Empire dissolved.
Warsaw also seized the opportunity to seize a disputed part of Czech territory called Trans-Olza or Zaolzie, when Nazi Germany invaded Czechoslovakia in 1938 as part of the Munich Agreement with Great Britain. Brittany and France. After the defeat of the Nazis, Poland returned sovereignty over the territory to Czechoslovakia, with a treaty signed in 1958 confirming the status quo.
Last week, Warsaw announced its intention to sue Germany for $1.3 trillion in reparations for the Nazi occupation. The sum was the total estimated in a report published on September 1, the anniversary of the German invasion of Poland in 1939.
Poland to sue Germany for $1.3 trillion over WWII
The issue of war reparations has plagued Polish-German relations for years. Berlin has repeatedly stated that it considers it closed for a long time. But the Polish government insists that the payments received from Germany as a result of World War II were far too low and that Warsaw only accepted them under pressure from Moscow.
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