Namibia rejects violating UN resolution on North Korea

Sharon Kavhu

Windhoek – The Namibian government has rejected allegations insinuating that the country is being rebellious to the United Nations’ (UN) resolutions on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Television network, CNN, alleged that Namibia is dealing with a North Korean company, Mansudae, which was put under UN Security Council sanctions in late 2016.

The global news network alleged that Namibia did not submit a report for more than a year to the United Nations Security Council Sanctions Committee on the DPRK.

However, in a press statement, acting Permanent Secretary of Namibia’s Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation, Lineekela Mboti, said his country has submitted reports to the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee as required, the last having been submitted on 8 April 2017.

“As clearly stated by the Honourable Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, during the interview with CNN on the 10th October in Windhoek, Namibia, the Government of Namibia has terminated the contracts with KOMID and MOP in Namibia, for as long as the UN Security Council sanctions against the DPRK are in place, and all DPRK nationals have departed from the country, as part of the implementation of the UN Security Council sanctions resolutions on the DPRK,” Mboti said.

“The Government of Namibia is committed to comply with all relevant UN resolutions on DPRK, and has, therefore, invited the Panel of Experts to visit Namibia, to assess its compliance with the UNSC sanctions resolutions on the DPRK. The Committee acknowledged our invitation and regretted that their calendar could not allow them to visit Namibia. The invitation still stands.”

Nandi-Ndaitwah was quoted by CNN saying that all the constructions by the North Korean company were done before the sanctions.

“All of these were agreed before the sanctions by the UN. But when the sanctions were imposed we had to comply and then we had to cease all the contracts, we had to terminate the contracts we had with North Korea,” she told CNN.

October 2017
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