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Volume 974: debated on Tuesday 27 November 1979

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asked the Lord Privy Seal whether it is the policy of the Government to make the payment of their financial claims against the Albanian Government, directly or indirectly, an obstacle to the return to Albania of the Bank of Albania's gold which was looted from Albania by Hitler.

Her Majesty's Government would like to bring this problem to a conclusion. Albanian compliance with the International Court of Justice's judgment of 1948 would certainly help in resolving it. There are, however, several problems which must be settled before the three Governments concerned can instruct the Tripartite Commission to deliver to Albania its share of the gold recovered after the last war.