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161 The Netherlands to host Nuclear Security Summit in 2014

The Netherlands is to host the third Nuclear Security Summit in 2014. The purpose of the Summits, which are an initiative of President Obama, is to promote nuclear security, by preventing nuclear terrorism and the traffic in nuclear material. The first was held in Washington DC in 2010.

162 The Netherlands to give €4 million in humanitarian aid to South Sudan

The Netherlands will donate an additional €4 million to the Humanitarian Action Plan for South Sudan. In taking this step the Minister for European Affairs and International Cooperation, Ben Knapen, is responding to an appeal by the United Nations and various NGOs.

163 Rosenthal visits demilitarised zone

Minister of Foreign Affairs Uri Rosenthal visited the demilitarised zone between North and South Korea today. This zone is four kilometres wide and 238 kilometres long, and has separated North and South Korea since the signing of the armistice that ended the Korean War in 1953. With its watchtowers, barbed wire and landmines, the zone is one of the best guarded borders in the world. Skirmishes regularly take place there, usually provoked by North Korea. ‘I stood today on the border between freedom and dictatorship,’ said Mr Rosenthal.

164 Essential for Greece to push ahead with reform

Structural reforms and healthy public finances are needed to make Greece more competitive, said European affairs minister Ben Knapen today in talks with Greek interior minister Tassos Giannitsis. The initiative to implement the reforms lies with Greece and it is important that it makes tangible progress, said Mr Knapen. The Netherlands is willing to assist Greece in this endeavour.

165 Essential for Greece to push ahead with reform

Structural reforms and healthy public finances are needed to make Greece more competitive, said European affairs minister Ben Knapen today in talks with Greek interior minister Tassos Giannitsis. The initiative to implement the reforms lies with Greece and it is important that it makes tangible progress, said Mr Knapen. The Netherlands is willing to assist Greece in this endeavour.

166 World Water Day: the Netherlands leads the field in water for development

Minister for European Affairs and International Cooperation Ben Knapen wants companies, knowledge institutions and civil society organisations to join the government in tackling water problems in developing countries. Today, on World Water Day, he launched the Sustainable Water Fund.

167 Knapen concerned about situation in Mali

Ben Knapen, Minister for International Cooperation, is following the situation in Mali closely, partly with an eye to Dutch development ties with that country.

168 Export of agricultural produce from Gaza can continue

Farmers in Gaza can start preparing for the coming growing season. Israel has agreed to the continuation of the Dutch-Palestinian agricultural produce export project. The crops in question are strawberries, bell peppers and cherry tomatoes.

169 The Netherlands and Qatar to work together towards food security

The Netherlands and Qatar plan to work together towards food security in Africa. This was agreed on Tuesday by Minister for European Affairs and International Cooperation Ben Knapen and the Qatari government.

170 Execution in Belarus is unacceptable

Foreign minister Uri Rosenthal has condemned the execution of Vladislav Kovalyov in Belarus. Mr Kovalyov had been convicted with Dmitry Konovalov for a bombing attack on the Minsk underground last year in which 15 people were killed. Mr Konovalov’s fate is currently unknown.