Steinmeier: remains of Wehrmacht soldiers to be buried within year

07-04-2006

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has told journalists that the remains of some 4,000 German Wehrmacht soldiers being kept under temporary conditions in Usti nad Labem, north Bohemia, will be solved within a year. On Friday the German foreign minister met with Czech Prime Minister Jiri Paroubek, with the prime minister afterwards saying that the remains will be temporarily transferred to a Czech military site. A permanent location is being sought. The remains of German soldiers from World War II were only recently rediscovered in storage at an Usti factory site. In the 90s a German association for the care of war graves began exhuming bodies of the soldiers to be reburied at a Prague cemetery, but the project collapsed after running out of funds.