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Compensation plan will stand

July 22, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

Lithuania will not amend a plan to compensate for the loss of Jewish property seized during World War II, despite criticism from Jewish organizations that it fails to repay the properties' full value, the Baltic state's justice minister said.

"It is very hard, if not impossible, to restore all property rights after more than half a century, a war and two occupations," the minister, Remigijus Simasius, told the Associated Press.

Under the ministry's plan, which still needs parliamentary approval, Lithuania will pay $53 million to the country's 5,000-strong Jewish community, including the return of two buildings; most of the compensation will be cash payments.

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