25 OCTOBER 2017
REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA
On Monday, 23 October 2017, the Cable News International Limited (CNN) broadcasted a news report alleging that Namibia has not submitted reports for more than one year to the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
On the 6 October 2017, the CNN news crew led by David Mackenzie requested for an interview with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, through the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology.
In their request for an interview, they pointed out that they wanted to interview the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister about Namibia’s role in regional stability and Namibia’s impact on the global stage. However, their motive to conduct the interview based on the accreditation they received from MICT, was contrary to what they have requested.
During the interview as granted on 10 October 2017, by the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation (MIRCO), it was discovered that their angle of the whole news story was on the relationship between Namibia and the DPRK.
In the interview with CNN journalists, Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister, Hon. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, explained all the actions that the Namibian Government has taken in compliance with the requirements by the UN Security Council Sanctions resolutions on the DPRK.
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister stated in the interview that the Government of the Republic 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.
She reiterated that 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 on the 12 September 2017 to assess its compliance with the UNSC sanctions resolutions on the DPRK. The Committee has acknowledged Namibia’s invitation on the same date (12 September 2017) and regretted that their calendar could not allow them to visit Namibia. That invitation still stands.
It is unfortunate that the CNN journalist chose to ignore the substantial part of the response by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister, which would have given the viewers the background to appreciate what has transpired during the interview.
The CNN reporter chose to mislead the world and avoided providing full explanation as given by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister.
In its report, the CNN quoted in a sound bite Mr. Hugh Griffiths, Coordinator on the UN Security Council Panel of Experts established pursuant to resolution 1874 (2009), alleging that Namibia has not submitted a report for more than a year to the United Nations Security Council Sanctions Committee on the DPRK. This is undiplomatic and devoid of any truth.
The Government of Namibia wishes to categorically state that it has submitted two reports on 31 March 2015 and 03 June 2016 respectively and two pieces of additional information on 02 June 2015 and 16 November 2015, as well as reporting guidelines and voluntary report on 08 April 2017 to the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee as required. These report, which is public information can be accessed from the United Nations website, under this link:
While reaffirming its full commitment to the implementation of all UN sanctions resolutions on the DPRK, the Government of the Republic of Namibia wishes to state that the warm diplomatic relations that exists with the DPRK will be maintained.