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British Foreign Secretary Says Britain Will Push To Use Nazi Gold To Compensate Holocaust

November 28, 1997

British Foreign Secretary Says Britain Will Push To Use Nazi Gold To Compensate Holocaust VictimsBy ANDRZEJ STYLINSKI

WARSAW, Poland (AP) _ British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook said Friday that Britain would push during next week’s international conference on Nazi gold for agreement to distribute the rediscovered wealth to Holocaust victims.

Cook noted that the three day conference that opens in London on Sunday would also again focus attention on the horrors committed during World War II.

After laying flowers at the marble monument at the former Umschlagplatz, the place from which the Nazis sent some 300,000 people to concentration camps, Cook said the gathering would serve to set ``the record straight ... and remind the world of atrocities.″

Earlier, during a meeting with Polish Foreign Minister Bronislaw Geremk, Cook introduced Britain’s initiative to create a fund for Holocaust victims.

``We want to make sure that we are able to create a fund for reparations to the victims of the Nazi persecution, whether Jewish or other race,″ Cook told reporters.

According to a statement released by the Foreign Office, Britain will seek agreement among 40 nations and six non-governmental agencies attending the conference to place some 40 million pounds ($70 million) of undistributed gold in a fund to compensate Holocaust victims and their families.

The initiative will seek to compensate in particular ``those who so far have received little or no compensation for their suffering,″ according to the statement. Cook did not deliver the statement at the memorial as planned due to temperatures dipping below the freezing mark.

Poland’s foreign minister said that the new government of Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek will support the British initiative.

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