Namibia Rejected German ‘Reparation’ Offer for Genocide

Namibia has rejected a reparation offer by the Germany for mass killing. Namibia’s President Hage Geingob said that reparation offered by Germany for mass killings in its own colony at the start of twentieth century were “not acceptable” and needed to be revised. The negotiation started between these two countries in 2015 for an agreement that would combine an official apology by Germany as well as development aid.

The German government is reluctant to use the word “reparations” in a declaration accompanying any agreement with the Namibian government because of concerns that such a statement could provide a legal blueprint for future restitution claims from Poland, Greece or Italy relating to crimes during the second world war. A Namibian official involved in the negotiations said Germany had proposed an alternative description of cash payments as “healing the wounds”.

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