Israel to Start Talks with Bonn on German-owned Properties

Negotiations will commence shortly between Israel and the West German Government on the question of formerly German-owned property in Israel now held and administered by the enemy property custodian, it was disclosed here today.

The negotiations will be carried on in two parts, one concerning the return or the payment of compensation for Church and secular property registered in the name of the Archbishop of Cologne, and the second dealing with the property registered in the name of the German Temperas.

The negotiations are based on the Israel-West German Luxemburg agreements which provided for reparations payments by West Germany to the State of Israel. In these agreements, Israel also undertook to allocate from the German payments compensation for the German property in Israel in amounts to be determined in these forthcoming negotiations.

(In Bonn, government sources said today that Israel will probably receive a German dry-dock as part of the first installment of restitution payments which Germany is to make now to Israel under the German-Israel reparations pact. Israel at present has no dry-docked facilities for ocean-going vessels.)

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