MONTREAL (Oct. 12)
The Canadian and Polish Governments have agreed to open negotiations in the near future for settlement by Poland of claims by Canadian citizens “whose property in Poland was nationalized or otherwise taken by the Polish Government,” the Canadian Jewish Congress announced here today. The CJC has several times petitioned the Government to make such arrangements with the Polish authorities, and has received notification from the Dominion Department of External Affairs that.
“During recent discussions in Warsaw, the Polish Government assured the Canadian Government that they are prepared to enter into early negotiations toward a lump-sum settlement of Canadian claims in dollars or freely converted currency.” It was made clear that “war damage claims will not be included in the negotiations.”
The claims to be negotiated will include only those of companies incorporated under the laws of Canada or Canadian provinces “on the date on which their property, rights, interests or debts were nationalized or otherwise affected by Poland;” or individuals who were Canadian citizens on the date when their property was nationalized or otherwise affected by Poland. Claims are to be filed with the Department of External Affairs by next January 1, and negotiations are scheduled to open shortly thereafter, the CJC stated.