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The genocide of the Herero: Germany wants to apologize officially

More than a century, the massacre of German troops in the Herero and Nama in present-day Namibia are. Germany has referred to the massacre already as a genocide. Now wants to apologize, the government also officially in Namibia.

The Federal government wants to apologize for the massacre of the Herero and Nama in the former colony of German South West Africa. The ongoing talks between the two sides, a government statement should be completed by the end of the year, announced the Foreign office.

a joint Declaration by the governments and parliaments of Germany and Namibia, in the massacre are expressly referred to as a genocide is Planned. Federal President Joachim Gauck is supposed to have agreed to, then the official apology. In addition, a German to be called a Namibian "future Foundation" to life. In addition, there will be new infrastructure projects such as sea-water desalination plants.

The Federal government had referred to more than a year ago, the massacre of German troops for the first time as "genocide". Now, the term also stands for the first time in Black and White in an official document. Further, it was stated that the Federal government do not expect the consequences of the Occurrence of law. The hot concrete, as Germany take on political responsibility, but do not pay any direct compensation to the descendants of the victims, said the foreign policy spokesman of the SPD parliamentary group, Niels Annen, in the days of the show.

Between 1904 and 1908, had killed German troops, tens of thousands of members of the ethnic groups Herero and Nama. The German colonial rule went on 9. July 1915 to the end.

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