VILNIUS (AFP)—Lithuania aims by the end of this year to settle the issue of compensation for Jewish communal property seized by the Nazis in World War II and kept by the Soviets, the government said Friday.”I hope the decision will be taken this year,” Justice Minister Remigijus Simasius told AFP, after parliament cleared the first hurdle in a long-stalled legal process.Late Thursday, the Baltic state’s lawmakers backed a draft compensation bill which was drawn up by the government last year but had remained on ice.The move enabled the 128-million-litas (37-million-euro, 53-million-dollar) package to be sent to a parliamentary committee, paving the way for a final vote.