Namibia, through the ministry of international relations and cooperation, has applauded the historic show of unity between the once warring North and South Korea last week.
“The Government of the Republic of Namibia wishes to commend the Supreme Leader and Chairman of the Workers’ Party of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Kim Jong-un and President Moon Jae-in, of the Republic of Korea on the historic Summit held between the two leaders today,” reads a press statement by minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah.
The two nations, are separated along ideological lines in spite of a shared culture and language, due to an historical Russian presence in the North and Americans in the South.
In 1950, vast armies of the Socialist North, swept through the 38th parallel, a line that divides the two countries, and conquered everything along its way and pinned an American force at the coastal city of Pusan.
The invasion, despite a United Nations protest, became the first military action of the Cold War and tipped the USSR against the Americans while strengthening the position of Communism in the East with the involvement of China.
The war was a watershed episode for the American government and it was seen as the ultimate decider of the fate of communism in the world, whose spread was against American interests.
A change in strategy and renewed energy by American forces pushed N.Korea back beyond the 38th parallel and after some five million soldiers got butchered in this war, an agreement to keep the two Koreas divided was reached in 1953.
Yet the two remained with tensions which came to a renewed pick recently with the threat of nuclear warfare which once again drove the Chinese and Americans at the centre of the peninsula’s politics.
In the past days, N.Korea’s leader, the young Kim Jong Un was in China for Nuclear talks, which for the first time thrust him in the face of the world media.
The move kept the Americans from the centre of the action, something which was widely celebrated by anti-West politicians.
The visit to China can now be seen as a prelude to the mending of ties with the South and a few days ago, both affirmed the principle of determining the destiny of the Korean Nations on their own accord.
“This is a significant and historic moment, for it is the highest level of encounter between the two countries in almost 6 years. Namibia enjoys cordial bilateral relations and cooperation with both countries, and therefore hope and trust that this historic Summit and the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula, signed today by the two Korean Leaders will signify the beginning of the normalization of the inter-Korean relations that would lead to achieving lasting peace, promote prosperity and lead to the denuclearization and subsequent reunification of the Korean Peninsula,” said Nandi Ndaitwah.
She has also called on “Foreign powers not to interfere with these bold initiatives by the two Koreas aimed at finding a mutually acceptable solution to the two countries.”