Genocide talks should not be rushed: Schlaga

26 Jun 2019 13:40pm
WINDHOEK, 26 JUN (NAMPA) – Germany’s outgoing Ambassador to Namibia, Christian-Matthias Schlaga, has cautioned the two countries’ governments to not rush discussions around the 1904-1908 genocide if the desired outcomes are to be achieved.
The outcomes include acknowledgment, an apology and reparation from Germany for OvaHerero and Nama people.
Schlaga made these remarks at State House in an interview with the media after he bid President Hage Geingob farewell on Tuesday.
The genocide took place under the command of German general Lothar von Trotha. It is estimated that up to 100 000 Ovaherero and 10 000 Nama people died.
Schlaga said the discussion is vital and should not be rushed, adding that more time should be considered if needed.
He noted that the two governments have since 2015 had eight meetings to discuss the matter but were unable to reach a conclusion in light of the complexity of the matter, particularly on the Namibian side.
“However we have moved forward towards the objective of defining political declarations which will cover all the issues,” he noted.
Schlaga further said the political declarations include issues of apology, reparation and consequences, however no conclusion has been reached yet.
“We have to continue working in order to close this matter, which will open up many avenues for further cooperation between our governments. We would like to take the past consideration and look forward to develop a strong relationship in all affairs,” the outgoing ambassador stressed.
Schlaga will leave Namibia on Friday after serving as Germany’s ambassador to Namibia since 15 July 2016.