Gaborone, Botswana - Botswana has terminated diplomatic and consular relations with North Korea, PANA reported, quoting the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here. The ministry on Wednesday announced the development following Botswana’s suspension of bilateral cooperation with North Korea as the result of the threat posed by that country to international peace and security.
Botswana said its decision has been informed by the recently-released report of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea which details systematic, widespread and grave human rights violations by North Korean authorities.
“The Government of Botswana does not wish to be associated with a Government which continues to display such total disregard for the human rights of its citizens,” reads part of the communiqué.
Botswana notes that the deplorable acts catalogued in the United Nations’ report are startling and warrant strong condemnation by the international community.
“As a member of the International Community of nations, North Korea has the responsibility for the welfare and wellbeing of its people and respect for human rights which have unfortunately for too long been seriously lacking in that country,” the ministry said.
President Khama’s administration said the severing of diplomatic relations is not in any way targeted at the people of North Korea.
“Botswana wishes to convey its heartfelt sympathies to the people of North Korea who are currently subjected to inhuman treatment under the leadership of Kim Jong Un,” it added.