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At the table - Windhoek Observer

21.5.17

At the table - Windhoek Observer: What makes this meeting significant is that this group of Nama and OvaHerero people (the victim communities), under the leadership of OvaHerero Paramount Chief (PC) Advocate Vekuii Rukoro (officially recognised as the Ombara Otjitambi jo VaHerero), had taken a position which was diametrically opposed to that of the Namibian Government (GRN). The position of GRN is that the genocide negotiations must happen bilaterally between two sovereign states, namely Germany and Namibia. Thus, as a democratically elected Government, GRN regards itself as having the sole and exclusive mandate to talk on behalf of the communities that were decimated by the genocide. In this model, the victim communities are involved at the lower level of advisory and technical committees only, but have no direct seat and voice at the negotiating table.
By contrast, the victim communities want a direct seat and voice at the negotiating table. Their view has hitherto been that there should be two Namibian delegations: one consisting of GRN representatives and another one consisting of representatives of the victim communities. This is in line with the principles of international law regarding the rights of the victims of genocide, as well as the 2006 National Assembly resolution that was unanimously adopted by the august house. Paragraph (iv) of the NA resolution reads thus: “That a dialogue be convened between, on the one hand, the German Government and on the other hand, the Namibian Government and representatives of the affected parties to try and resolve this matter amicably and thereby strengthening and solidifying the existing excellent relationship between the two countries (Germany and Namibia).”


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