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Dağdelen offers support to government in genocide negotiations

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German politician and member of the Left Party, Sevim Dağdelen has said there is more to be done in the genocide negotiations between the Namibian and German governments. She said this during a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila […]

German politician and member of the Left Party, Sevim Dağdelen has said there is more to be done in the genocide negotiations between the Namibian and German governments.

She said this during a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila here on Wednesday.

Dağdelen said she has been supporting the demands of the Namibian government for six years within German politics, just like she had done for many years with her advocacy for Germany to recognise their colonial crimes and the decolonisation of German foreign policies.

“I want you to know that I am a close ally of yours in this issue and many other issues. In 2016 I was one of the strongest pushers for a breakthrough for the German government to recognise the genocide of the Armenians by the Ottomans,” said Dağdelen, who added that with the Armenian genocide matter, the German government was not in support but it was passed in parliament and she was one of the main supporters of that resolution.

Meanwhile, Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said they are thankful for her support on this very important issue.

“There is so much that brings us together and sets us apart and if we can focus on what brings us together, I think we can overcome the challenges and I think we will all be better for it,” she said.

Kuugongelwa-Amadhila added that the perception that seems to exist that for one to prosper someone must suffer and not be recognised is unfortunate.

“It’s nice to hear there are people in government as there are outside of government in those countries where we may have issues that we are discussing and we might not have been able to find common ground, that are prepared to say to their governments we can do more and we will not lose anything, but we will gain more as members of the human race if we can address these issues,” Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said.

The prime minister urged her German counterpart to continue promoting harmonious relations among people around the world.

“We are optimistic that together we can work toward concluding this very important matter as soon as possible and in a manner that will enable us to have healing for the communities affected in Namibia and also, for future cooperation between Namibia and Germany,” said Kuugongelwa-Amadhila.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency