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Text Box: WINDHOEK, 2 Dec 2005  - The signing of an agreement between the Namibian and German governments concerning reparations for colonial rule was put on hold until the various communities who suffered during that era have been consulted. The deal would have brought Euro 20 million (US $23.5 million) into development projects in the southern African country.

President Hifikepunye Pohamba, who ended a five-day state visit to Germany early December 2005, told Germany's development cooperation minister, Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, that the agreement could not be finalised until the affected Herero, Nama and Damara groups were consulted.

Neither side explained why consultations with these groups had not taken place prior to the meeting in Berlin.

"I regret this, because the content of the agreement was known to the Namibian government and they agreed to it," Wieczorek-Zeul told reporters.

The agreement would have pumped money into development projects aimed at benefiting the affected groups between 2006 and 2016.

Wieczorek-Zeul made history during 2004 when he asked for "forgiveness" for colonial atrocities committed a century ago against Herero-speaking Namibians as well as the Nama- and Damara-speaking tribes.

In Namibia the "Herero Genocide Committee 1904" lambasted the German government  for proposing a reconciliation initiative without extensive consultations.

Edwin Kanguatjivi, spokesperson for the committee, told reporters the German government had not embarked on a dialogue with them since the Wieczorek-Zeul apology in August 2004.

"The Herero people shall not be fooled by hypocritical apologies, nor shall they allow their leaders to be treated as minors," said Kanguatjivi.

In September 2001 the Herero filed a civil claim in the district court of Columbia in the United States demanding $2 billion from the German government for atrocities committed during colonial rule.

The lawsuit lodged by the Herero People's Reparation Corporation also seeks $2 billion from three German companies - Deutsche Bank; mining company Terex Corporation, formerly Orenstein-Koppel Co.; and the shipping company, Deutsche Afrika Linie, formerly Woermann Linie.

The district court of Columbia was chosen for the lawsuit because a 216-year-old American law, the Alien Tort Claims Act of 1789, allows such civil action to be taken.

Germany and Namibia planned to discuss the extension of bilateral development cooperation for 2006 and 2007  in the capital, Windhoek.

President Hifikepunye Pohamba, who ended a five-day state visit to Germany on 2nd December 2005, told Germany's development cooperation minister, Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, earlier that week that the agreement could not be finalised until the affected Herero, Nama and Damara groups were consulted.

Neither side explained why consultations with these groups had not taken place prior to the meeting in Berlin.

"I regret this, because the content of the agreement was known to the Namibian government and they agreed to it," Wieczorek-Zeul told reporters.

The agreement would have pumped money into development projects aimed at benefiting the affected groups between 2006 and 2016.

Wieczorek-Zeul made history last year when he asked for "forgiveness" for colonial atrocities committed a century ago against Herero-speaking Namibians as well as the Nama- and Damara-speaking tribes.

In Namibia the "Herero Genocide Committee 1904" lambasted the German government on Thursday for proposing a reconciliation initiative without extensive consultations.

Edwin Kanguatjivi, spokesperson for the committee, told reporters the German government had not embarked on a dialogue with them since the Wieczorek-Zeul apology in August 2004.

"The Herero people shall not be fooled by hypocritical apologies, nor shall they allow their leaders to be treated as minors," said Kanguatjivi.

In September 2001 the Herero filed a civil claim in the district court of Columbia in the United States demanding $2 billion from the German government for atrocities committed during colonial rule.

The lawsuit lodged by the Herero People's Reparation Corporation also seeks $2 billion from three German companies - Deutsche Bank; mining company Terex Corporation, formerly Orenstein-Koppel Co.; and the shipping company, Deutsche Afrika Linie, formerly Woermann Linie.

The district court of Columbia was chosen for the lawsuit because a 216-year-old American law, the Alien Tort Claims Act of 1789, allows such civil action to be taken.

Germany and Namibia planned to discuss the extension of bilateral development cooperation for 2006 and 2007  in the capital, Windhoek.

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