Nandi-Ndaitwah explains UN R2P vote

19 Sep 2017 18:40pm
By George Hendricks
NEW YORK, 19 SEP (NAMPA) – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah has explained that Namibia did not vote against the ‘Responsibility to Protect (R2P)’ concept, but on the procedure being used.
Nandi-Ndaitwah told the Namibian media in New York on Monday that Namibia, like many other United Nations (UN) member states, is concerned that the R2P concept could be used to apply intervention by circumventing the UN Security Council.
“It means if Country A can just say in Country B is a violation of human rights, you [they] will not need a Security Council resolution, you [they] can just go in and invade that country. That is why we are saying that can be abused,” she explained, adding that the R2P needs thorough discussion.
The R2P is a global political commitment which was endorsed by all member states of the UN at the 2005 World Summit to prevent genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.
The deputy premier also stated that the Ministry of International relations and Cooperation has noticed misinterpretation in the media on Namibia’s procedural vote in the 72nd UN General Assembly (GA) general committee meeting that took place on 15 September 2017.
“What took place on Friday was a vote to include or exclude the concept of ‘The responsibility to protect and the prevention of genocide, war crime, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity’ in the agenda of the 72nd GA session,” she clarified.
She further stated that after the votes, the item R2P will be discussed during 72nd GA general debate from 19 to 23 September and sub-standing resolutions might be introduced.
“Namibia will express her views and position on this issue during that debate and will then decide on how to vote depending on the content of the resolution,” she noted.