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

Foreign minister speaks with UN deputy secretary-general about international legal order

Foreign minister Frans Timmermans today met with UN deputy secretary-general Jan Eliasson. They discussed the UN’s efforts with regard to the crises in Syria and Mali as well as the reconstruction of Afghanistan and the Netherlands’ role in that process.

They agreed that a stable international legal order is essential for peace and security in the world and discussed possible ways of promoting the peaceful resolution of disputes.

Eliasson praised Dutch efforts on behalf of human rights, stability, and the legal order in conflict zones and called on the Netherlands to contribute actively to UN peace operations in countries affected by conflict.

Timmermans shares Eliasson’s belief that the international community has a responsibility to work towards a safer and fairer world for everyone.

During his stay in The Hague, Eliasson will visit the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court, and he will speak with members of the parliamentary committees on foreign affairs and foreign trade and development.


Deputy secretary-general of the UN Eliasson visits Foreign Minister Timmermans