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acknowledge receipt of my correspondence but nothing has come of it. I am now writing to you in hopes of avoiding yet more litigation and frustration. We are not requesting any specific remedy at this time; only that the IOR come to the realization that they must begin to deal with this matter in good faith. The individuals responsible for the acts committed in connection with the Ustasha Treasury by and large are deceased and their legacies well established. It is not our intention to vilify or tarnish reputations but to obtain closure for our clients and in that way bring about understanding and reconciliation to former Yugoslavia and peace to the victims and their families. At this point before we list the rather long winded details of the matter I want to express my hope that Your Holiness may take a personal interest in this matter. As in all disputes, there are extreme views on both sides. However, surely the issue of Second World War assets that were held at the IOR through accounts can finally be discussed 70 years later without acrimony? I have been working on this case since 1998 and have never lost my sense someday closure would be possible. This is an offer to compromise our dispute with the IOR about the Ustasha Treasury and related allegations of money laundering. We have repeatedly requested the IOR and AIF begin to process our complaint about not only the historic but potentially ongoing money laundering of the Second World War era assets
commonly known as the “Ustasha Treasury” which consists of loote
d assets taken in violation of international and domestic laws. This request includes the retained remainders and the profits and unjust enrichment derived from the Ustasha Treasury by certain account holders at the IOR.
is defined as, but not limited to, any and all personal, commercial, real, and/or intangible property, including cash, securities, silver, gold, jewelry, businesses assets, art masterpieces, equipment, collectibles, religious items, livestock, communal and intellectual property, that was illegally and/or improperly taken from the ownership or control of an individual, organization or entity, by means including, but not limited to, theft, forced transfer, ransom and exploitation, during the period of April 1941 through May 1945 by any person, organization or entity acting on behalf of, or in furtherance of the acts of, the Ustasha Regime, its officials, agents or related entities, in connection with crimes against humanity, war crimes, crimes against peace, genocide, or any other violations of fundamental human rights. The Ministry of Colonization of the Ustasha Regime carried out much of the
institutional looting. The Ministry’s mission was to ethnically cleanse regions of