The Namibian government is trying to suppress Ovaherero and Nama genocide motions in the Bundestag. The motions recognize the Ovaherero and Nama genocides of 1904-1908, call for an apology and restitution to the descendants of the genocides, and are welcomed and supported by the Ovaherero and Nama people. In a surprising letter (see attached statement) to the Bundestag, on the eve of the Bundestag debate on March 17, the Namibian Ambassador to Germany proposed that the motions be replaced by a new motion based on ongoing secretive negotiations between the German and the Namibian governments. To date the Namibian government has refused to directly involve the descendants of the genocide in these negotiations. It appears the Namibian government is siding with the German government and protecting German interest in this matter, against the interest of its own people – the victims of the Ovaherero and Nama genocides and their descendants. Needless to say, reconciliation and healing is not possible without the direct involvement of the descendants of the genocide, without a meaningful apology and restitution to the descendants.
While the Green Party has withdrawn its motion, the Left Party is standing firm with the Ovaherero and Nama people, is not withdrawing its motion, and has issued a statement calling on the governments to end these secretive talks.