14 Sep 2017 09:00am
By George Hendricks
NEW YORK, 14 SEP (NAMPA) All contracts between the Namibian government and North Korean companies in Namibia have been terminated, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said on Wednesday.
In order to satisfy the sanction committee [of the United Nations Security Council], we have invited them to come to Namibia anytime to show them that we have complied, said Nandi-Ndaitwah on Wednesday during an interview with Namibian media in New York.
The United Nations (UN) Security Council has passed a series of resolutions to impose sanctions on North Korea because of its nuclear programme.
The latest sanction imposed on North Korea was adopted on Monday.
One of the issues that appear in that resolution, according to the minister, is the North Korean labour force in other countries.
There is quite a number of [North] Koreans who are working in different countries of the world and the resolution now says there should be no further employment of North Korean labour, she said, adding that when their employment contract ends, the resolution states it should not be renewed.
Nandi-Ndaitwah explained that the projects Namibia had with North Korea were not investment or enterprise related, but rather infrastructure development projects.
Some contracts that have been terminated include the maintenance and renovation of State House and Heroes Acre.
Construction of the Ministry of Defence headquarters have not been completed but we had to break that contract, she noted.
Nandi-Ndaitwah added that she visited North Korea last year to deliver a message from President Hage Geingob, which said that Namibia values the long relationship between the peoples of both countries but in view of the UN Security Council resolution, they do not have a choice in the matter.
As members of the UN we have to comply but that does not take away the historical good relations that exist, and the two nations will continue to exist and hopefully as things are going to be resolved at multilateral level, it would also help to improve the bilateral cooperation between the two countries, she said.