Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal has asked UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to do more to stop the violence in Syria. ‘The Security Council has been unable to reach a consensus on Syria. Every day we are shocked by dreadful images of the dead and wounded.’
Foreign minister Uri Rosenthal believes that all Dutch embassies should make a concerted effort to assist Dutch business. ‘The Dutch economy depends on exports and international links,’ Mr Rosenthal said. ‘So I want every embassy to put its shoulder to the wheel to promote Dutch economic interests.’
Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal has urged the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, to work to achieve greater progress in talks with Israel. The Minister believes it is important for the two parties to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to reopen their dialogue without delay.
Conflict over water is an increasing problem all over the world and the Netherlands has a unique combination of expertise in water management and international law. With that in mind, Minister for European Affairs and International Cooperation Ben Knapen has asked four organisations based in the Netherlands to set up a new Water Diplomacy Consortium to help resolve water conflicts.
Diplomats from over 60 countries are meeting in The Hague to tighten the sanctions against the Syrian regime and improve their enforcement. This fourth meeting of the Friends of the Syrian People International Working Group on Sanctions is being hosted by foreign minister Uri Rosenthal and co-chaired by Canada and Tunisia.
Industry partners convened by the Dutch government today announced their intention to start a conflict-free tin sourcing program in South Kivu, an eastern province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This happened during the GeSI and EICC Conflict-Free Minerals Workshop in Brussels on September 18 which was attended by over 175 stakeholders representing Industry, Governments and Civil Society.
‘If the European Union wants to be effective, it needs to start by putting its own house in order.’ Foreign minister Uri Rosenthal made this statement following the fifth Future of Europe Group discussion on the EU’s further development.
The government’s fundamental review of development cooperation is well under way. The 2013 budget has a stronger focus on the themes in which the Netherlands excels, is less fragmented, and lays more emphasis on economic development.
Security, prosperity and freedom for Dutch citizens and businesses depend on a vigorous foreign policy.
Minister for European Affairs and International Cooperation Ben Knapen hopes that the newly elected president of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, can put his country on the road to a better future. ‘This is crucial for not only the Somali people but also the international community.’ The minister made this point on Thursday in talks with the EU Special Representative for the Horn of Africa, Alexander Rondos.