Hon. Peter Katjavivi (right), Speaker of the National Assembly with Green Party lawmaker in the German Parliament, Hon. Ottmar von Holtz (left)
|Story by George Sanzila
Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi is hopeful that the Green Political Party in the German Parliament would continue to push for a solution regarding the protracted genocide negotiations between Namibia and German. Hon. Katjavivi said this when he met Green Party lawmaker in the German Bundestag, Hon. Ottmar Von Holtz at Parliament today (26/07/18.)
Hon. Holtz, who is Namibian born and wascrecently elected to the Germany Parliament is on a private visit of Namibia. He fled Namibia during the dark days of apartheid after defiantly refused to participate in the then South African army. His father still lives in Namibia.
According to Katjavivi, Hon. Holtz is well placed to advocate for Namibia’s position on the genocide issue in the German parliament through his political party he describes as steadfast.
“Let me congratulate you as a Namibian born person who has successfully been elected to the German Parliament. In this regard you’re able to understand and appreciate the historical background and the challenges confronting our two countries. We are counting on your support and cooperation as a member of the Green party. The Green party is a party that has steadfastly stood strong on the ideals of justice and equality”, said Katjavivi.
The Speaker further noted that both countries have shown seriousness and that an amicable solution would be found soon. “Our two governments are now seriously engaged in negotiations. Our two envoys have been in constant consultation over these matters and they are likely to continue to do so until we find an amicable solution”, noted Katjavivi.
Hon. Katjavivi also handed over a report containing engagements of the Parliamentary friendship group between the two countries that looked at issues of mutual concern.
On his part, Hon. Holtz noted that the issue of genocide was of particular concern to him and felt that it needed an urgent solution and closure. “When I was elected in October last year I was interested in getting myself involved in this issue to be able to find a lasting solution. The longer the matter drags on, the dangerous it is for both our countries in terms of peace and stability. Even though the talks have been going on for too long, we should not despair but continue to talk aggressively until a solution is found”, advised Holtz.