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02 July, 1998
Greece is one of nine countries willing to deposit a quantity of gold, stolen by Nazi forces from their central banks during W.W.II, to a special fund to be set up for Holocaust victims.
The announcement was made during a preparatory conference here on the Holocaust yesterday, organized by the US State Department in cooperation with the Holocaust Museum.
Greece's donation to the fund will be one gold bar, or about US $36,000. The case is unrelated to Greece's demands for return of an "occupation" loan Germany took in the early part of W.W.II.
Addressing some 200 participants from 38 countries, Greece's representative at the Washington meeting, foreign ministry archive director Foteini Konstantopoulou, said Athens continued to back claims for war reparations lodged by Greek citizens against Germany.
She also announced that a special committee will be set up, comprised of university professors, to study all issues involved and will then present Greece's positions at the next International Holocaust Conference in Washington - Nov. 30-Dec. 2.
Source: Athens News Agency