Greece lauds German president's call for possible redress

AP News
Posted: May 03, 2015 11:25 AM
Greece lauds German president's call for possible redress

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A top Greek lawmaker has welcomed the German president's call for his country to consider World War II redress to Greece as a gesture "of historical significance."

In an interview with the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung, Joachim Gauck said, "It's the right thing to do for a history-conscious country like ours to consider what possibilities there might be for redress."

Noting that Gauck's remarks became known Friday, the anniversary of a 1944 mass execution of Greek resistance fighters by German occupying forces, parliamentary Speaker Zoi Constantopoulou said Gauck's call was directly related to Greece's pressure for reparations.

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Greece has said its treasury has estimated the German reparations owed from World War II at 278.7 billion euros ($312.1 billion).

Germany officially says the issue of reparations has been settled.