Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN, United States


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1 Strengthening the international legal order requires an effective UN

Speaking on Friday to the United Nations General Assembly, foreign minister Uri Rosenthal expressed the Netherlands’ concern about ‘the widening gap between the increasing expectations we have of the United Nations and the UN’s capacity to deliver.’ ‘People expect a lot of the United Nations, but when push comes to shove they don’t deliver.’

2 Rosenthal: preventing atrocities a priority

‘The situation in Syria is a daily reminder that we were unable to prevent this tragedy. The global community simply has to do more to prevent crimes against humanity.’ This was foreign minister Uri Rosenthal’s message during a meeting on the Responsibility to Protect at the United Nations. The event, co-hosted by the Netherlands together with ministers from Botswana, Brazil and Denmark, was attended by the Deputy Secretary-General of the UN and 14 other ministers.

3 Rosenthal still very concerned after talks with Iran

Foreign minister Uri Rosenthal still has serious concerns about developments in Iran. He made this statement after holding talks in New York with his Iranian counterpart, Ali Akbar Salehi, on the Iranian nuclear programme and its possible military dimensions, along with Iran’s involvement in the Syrian conflict.

4 Rosenthal makes critical comments about Security Council

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.’

5 Rosenthal puts every embassy to work for business

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.’

6 Rosenthal: Palestinians and Israelis must return to the negotiating table

(New York) 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.

7 High Level Meeting on the Rule of Law

On 24th of September, the day of the High Level Meeting on the Rule of Law, Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal chaired a Ministerial Breakfast on “Peaceful Settlement of Conflict”.

8 Over 60 countries step up sanctions against Syria

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.

9 Rosenthal appalled by attack on US in Libya

Foreign minister Uri Rosenthal has condemned yesterday’s attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya ‘in the strongest possible terms’. The US ambassador, Christopher Stevens, and three consulate employees were killed in the attack.

10 Rosenthal: Syrian regime faces growing difficulties

The Syrian regime faces growing difficulties, foreign minister Uri Rosenthal said today in Istanbul after a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoğlu.