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Greece says Germany never provided full compensation for damage during WWII Nazi occupation

  • Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras speaks during a parliament session in Athens, on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Tsipras spoke during a special debate on whether to revive a parliamentary committee that would seek German World War II reparations that Greece says were never fully paid. The committee would also seek the return of a forced loan  raised by Nazi occupation forces, and of Greek antiquities removed during the war. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

    Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras speaks during a parliament session in Athens, on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Tsipras spoke during a special debate on whether to revive a parliamentary committee that would seek German World War II reparations that Greece says were never fully paid. The committee would also seek the return of a forced loan raised by Nazi occupation forces, and of Greek antiquities removed during the war. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)  (The Associated Press)

  • Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras arranges his papers after his speech at a parliament session in Athens, on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Tsipras spoke during a special debate on whether to revive a parliamentary committee that would seek German World War II reparations that Greece says were never fully paid. The committee would also seek the return of a forced loan raised by Nazi occupation forces, and of Greek antiquities removed during the war.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

    Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras arranges his papers after his speech at a parliament session in Athens, on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Tsipras spoke during a special debate on whether to revive a parliamentary committee that would seek German World War II reparations that Greece says were never fully paid. The committee would also seek the return of a forced loan raised by Nazi occupation forces, and of Greek antiquities removed during the war.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)  (The Associated Press)

The radical left-led Greek government insists that the debt-ridden country has never been fully compensated by Germany for its brutal World War II Nazi occupation, linking the issue with Greece's fraught bailout negotiations.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Tuesday that a 1960 reparation deal with Germany did not cover key Greek demands, including payments for wrecked infrastructure, war crimes and return of a forced loan exacted from occupied Greece.

Germany has repeatedly ruled out any further reparations, saying the question was settled by existing agreements.

Speaking in parliament, Tsipras said Greece will honor its obligations to bailout creditors, including Germany, but won't "abandon its irrevocable demands" for World War II reparations.

His six-week-old government is trying to ease the terms of its rescue loan program.