Statement on the International Fund for Needy Victims of Nazi Persecution at the Washington Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets, at the Department of State, hosted by the US Department of State and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum
Mr. Anthony Layden, Head, Western European Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, United Kingdom
30 November - 3 December 1998
Albania and Yugoslavia were, at the time of the Conference, singled out as the two exceptions to widespread contribution to the Tripartite Commission's gold pool. All other countries sharing in the final distribution of the gold pool (Austria, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, and Poland) responded positively to the suggestion by the countries, which were members of the Commission, that they contribute to the fund. The report states that: "The Albanian Government has from the outset given strong and welcome support to the Fund process, but made it clear that the serious economic situation in Albania was likely to prevent them from making a contribution."
The Tripartite Commission for the Restitution of Monetary Gold was established by the Allies in 1946 as a central deposit for all recovered Nazi looted gold from World War II. Pillaged countries could "claim" lost assets from the gold pool for redistribution (claimant countries included: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, and Yugoslavia).
Proceedings of The Washington Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets, November 30 - December 3 1998, Washington: Government Printing Office, 1999, Chapter 1, Opening Statements, pp. 67-72.
Anthony Layden, 'Statement on the International Fund for Needy Victims of Nazi Persecution' Proceedings of the Washington Conference on Holocaust Era Assets, 30 November - 3 December 1998, Chapter 1, Opening Statements, pp. 67-72.B4