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Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau has signed an official note to Germany demanding about $1.3 trillion in reparations for damage caused by the occupation during World War II, AP reports.

Rau said the note will be handed over to the German Foreign Ministry. The signing took place on the eve of Rau's meeting in Warsaw with German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock, who is attending a security conference.

He said the note noted that both sides should without delay take measures to eliminate the consequences of the German occupation of 1939-45 in a legally binding as well as material way.

Zbigniew noted this includes German reparations, as well as solving the problem of looted works of art and archives.

The Polish government insists that Poland must compensate for the considerable damage caused by the war, while Berlin says it has compensated the affected countries, including Poland, and considers the issue closed.

On the 83rd anniversary of the war, Sept. 1, the Polish government submitted an extensive damage report, estimating it at $1.3 trillion.

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