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33889431 1308099222626097 4115506494173085696 nHis Excellency Mr. Brahim Ghali, President of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), addressed members of the Namibian public in Windhoek at the Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (NIPAM) on Monday afternoon, 28 May 2018. His Excellency Mr. Ghali who was accompanied by the Foreign Affairs Minister, His Excellency Mohamed Salem Ould Salek, and other high-ranking government officials of the SADR on a three-day official State visit, informed the public about the challenges faced and progress made by the people of Western Sahara in the fight for independence and self-determination from occupational rule by the Kingdom of Morocco. His Excellency Ghali also thanked countries such as Namibia for their continued support for the cause of the people of Western Sahara. He noted that the people of Western Sahara take courage from such support and will redouble their efforts on all available fronts to attain independence soonest.

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Saharawi’s Ghali tells tale of ‘colonialism’

New Era, May 29, 2018, by Albertina Nakale

WINDHOEK – Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic President Brahim Ghali yesterday relayed his disappointment to President Hage Geingob over the United Nations (UN) and international community’s inability to solve the last colonial issue in Africa.

western saharawi 1024x683He poured out his discontent during a visit to Geingob at State House yesterday. Ghali said in dealing with the Western Sahara conflict, both the political organs of the UN and its secretariat have been leaning towards Morocco’s interests instead of complying with their obligations under the UN Charter and the requirements of international legality.

The Sahrawi independence movement and Morocco have been fighting over Western Sahara since 1975, when the former colonial powers withdrew from the region without organising a referendum for the Sahrawi people, leaving the issue unresolved to this day.

“We are disappointed in the United Nations because they adopted certain plans in September 1991. They were planning for a referendum but up to now we are still waiting for this promise to be implemented.

We hope the new UN secretary general [António Guterres] and his personal special envoy will continue to bring efforts to finish this last case of decolonisation in Africa as entrusted by the UN General Assembly,” Ghali remarked. Please, click here to continue reading....

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KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY DR HAGE G. GEINGOB, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA ON THE 40TH COMMEMORATION OF THE CASSINGA DAY MASSACRE, MAY 4, 2018, HEROES ACRE, KHOMAS REGION

We are gathered here today, to remember and pay respect to those who bled for the liberation of Namibia and those who were massacred in the quest for freedom and independence. It is befitting that we can mark the Quadragennial Anniversary of Cassinga Day in the presence of our brothers and sisters from Angola, a country that stood shoulder to shoulder with Namibia, through the darkest days of our struggle for independence. I thank Your Excellency and Dear Brother, João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço for joining us here today. We are honoured and privileged by your presence. I am moved by the ceremony and the performance that I’ve just witnessed, I can imagine the pain and emotion those of you who went through event may feel at this point in time.

“We have to remember and respect the blood of those who died fighting for the liberation of Namibia….” These are the poignant words of one of our sisters of the soil, Lavinia Tuyeimo Muleka, who survived the horrific events that transpired at Cassinga on May 4, 1978.

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scaled logoMinistry of International Relations and Cooperation Namibia

16 April 2018, MEDIA STATEMENT

SUBJECT: NAMIBIA CONCERNED ABOUT THE SITUATION IN SYRIA

The Government of the Republic of Namibia is deeply concerned about the ongoing developments in Syria.

As a State Party to the UN chemical Weapons Convention, Namibia welcomes the Statement issued by the African Union on 15th April 2018, on the situation regarding Syria.

For the sake of the people of Syria and peace in general, we call on the UN Security Council to live up to its Charter obligations and find a lasting solution to bring about peace in Syria, through peaceful means.

Unilateral action is incompatible with the UN Charter and risks undermining the effectiveness of the very institution created to resolve conflict.

The United Nations Security Council must remain united and pursue common justice, peace, security and stability through dialogue and diplomacy based on the principles of multilateralism.
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ISSUED BY: Hon. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

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by Hon. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, MP, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister
12 April 2018, National Assembly

In her budget speech, the Hon. Nandi-Ndaitwah, also spoke on issues such as disarmanent as well as Palestine and Western Sahara. She also spoke out against the recent declaration by United States of Jerusalem as a Capital of Israel, amongst others. She said:

"The world should not only view disarmament through biological, chemical and nuclear weapons, but also through conventional weapons, especially small arms and light weapons that are creating instability in most of the developing countries, especially some parts of Africa. There is a clear link between crime and the proliferation of small arms that must not be lost. This will be Namibia's core message when we shall participate at the forthcoming review conference of the parties to the UN convention on Small Arms and Light Weapons. It is important that as a country, we speak with one voice on the subject matter.

"Maintenance of peace is an important facet of our foreign policy. The long and bitter struggle against apartheid colonialism remains a fundamental factor that inform andshape our foreign policy. Our commitment to the inherent right of people’s self-determination and independence influence our foreign policy. This is why  we continue to steadfastly speak out against the occupation of Western Sahara and Palestine, because we have lived it, and have felt the dehumanisation that comes with .

"Namibia denounces the recent declaration by United States of Jerusalem as a Capital of Israel. We strongly reject recent attempts aimed at altering the character, status and demographic composition of the City of Jerusalem. Such attempts continue to violate the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people to self-determination and independence. We continue to call for the full implementation of all relevant UN Resolutions on Western Sahara and Palestine, and reiterate our commitment to the two-state solution with East Jerusalem as the Capital of the State of Palestine."

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STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY DR. HAGE G. GEINGOB, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA, WINDHOEK, 11 APRIL 2018

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Today, I am in front of you to deliver my penultimate State of the Nation Address, as the third President of the Republic of Namibia. It also marks the mid-term point since the launch of the Harambee Prosperity Plan on 06 April 2016. As enjoined by the Constitution in Article 32(2), the State of the Nation Address accords opportunity to the Head of State to account to the nation on how far we have come as a people. This Address will account on the implementation status of national developmental programmes for the period under review, and inform priorities for the year ahead against the thematic pillars of:

  • Effective Governance and Service Delivery
  • Economic advancement
  • Social progression
  • Infrastructure Development
  • International Relations and Cooperation

In my inaugural SONA delivered on 21 April 2015, I envisioned a strong, united, inclusive and prosperous Namibian House, a place of peace and refuge for all its residents. This narrative is now widely embraced and expressions such as “No Namibian should feel left out”, “pull together in the same direction”, “the spirit of Harambee” and “One Namibia, One Nation”, have all become part of the daily discourse and shared notion of nationhood. (...)

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