Namibia turns down German genocide reparations offer

Namibia – Namibia’s President Hage Geingo has said that the offer for repatriations made by Germany for mass killings in its then colony was “not acceptable”.

German troops killed tens of thousands of Nama and Herero people between 1904 and 1908 in response to an anti-colonial uprising.

It is thought that 75% of the Herero population and half of the Nama population died.

The two countries began negotiations over reparations in 2015 and have so far held eight rounds of talks.

President Geingo was on Tuesday briefed about the negotiations by the Namibian negotiating team led by special envoy Zed Ngavirue.

“The current offer for reparations made by the German Government remains an outstanding issue and is not acceptable to the Namibian Government,” said the President in a statement.

No details of the offer were given.

Germany has agreed to apologise in principle but declines to accept the term “reparations”, while Namibia finds the terminology “healing the wounds” inadequate, added the statement.

The president’s office tweets photos of the meetings between President Geingo and Ngavirue.

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