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11 Timmermans pleased with resumption of arms treaty negotiations

Minister of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans is pleased with the decision to resume negotiations on a United Nations arms trade treaty next year. It is hoped that the final document will be ready by March 2013.

12 Timmermans condemns plans to build in East Jerusalem and the West Bank

Foreign minister Frans Timmermans has condemned Israel’s decision to invite tenders for the construction of 1,285 homes in East Jerusalem and on the West Bank of the river Jordan.

13 New government: open attitude towards Europe and the wider world

The new Dutch government was today sworn in by Her Majesty the Queen. The members of the government responsible for foreign policy are Frans Timmermans (Minister of Foreign Affairs) and Lilianne Ploumen (Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation). Mr Timmermans, 51, was Minister for European Affairs from 2007 to 2010. Ms Ploumen, 50, worked for various development organisations before serving as chair of the PvdA (Labour Party).