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2013

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11 Ban Ki-moon opens ministerial conference on peaceful settlement of disputes

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is today opening the ministerial conference on the peaceful settlement of disputes that is being held as part of the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the Peace Palace in The Hague. The peaceful settlement of disputes is one of the pillars of the United Nations.

12 Peace Palace centennial celebrations

The Hague has today been celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Peace Palace. On 28 August 1913 the Peace Palace opened its doors to organisations committed to creating a better and more just world.

13 Peace Palace celebrates 100 years as symbol of peace and justice

Next week sees the kick-off of international celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Peace Palace in The Hague. Seen throughout the world as a symbol of peace and justice, the historic building is home to the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the Hague Academy of International Law and the Carnegie Foundation.

14 New government needs to energetically tackle Mali’s problems

Foreign minister Frans Timmermans looks forward to a new Malian government that will energetically tackle the country’s problems. ‘Only now can the real work begin,’ said the minister. ‘The peace talks with groups in the north need to get going, the people expect socioeconomic progress, and corruption must be fought to enhance confidence in government.’

15 Prince Friso passed away

His Majesty the King announces with deep regret that His Royal Highness Prince Johan Friso Bernhard Christiaan David, Prins van Oranje-Nassau, Jonkheer van Amsberg passed away this morning at Palace Huis ten Bosch in the Hague at age 44.

16 Timmermans deplores violence in Iraq

Foreign minister Frans Timmermans has spoken out about the ongoing wave of violence that has recently engulfed Iraq, responding to reports by the UN that more than 1,000 people have been killed and over 2,300 wounded in violence over the past month.

17 Negative travel advisory for Egypt

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against all travel to Egypt, with the exception of holiday destinations on the Gulf of Aqaba and the Red Sea, due to the deteriorating security situation in the country. Following an emergency meeting with ambassador Gerard Steeghs this afternoon, the ministry decided to issue the travel advisory after dozens of people were killed in violent demonstrations in Cairo this morning.

18 IAEA countries tighten security

‘Nuclear and radioactive material can be used peacefully only if its security is guaranteed. At the same time, nuclear security cannot be considered separately from nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. This is an important ambition, and President Obama’s comments on this subject in Berlin last week were encouraging,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans, speaking at the International Conference on Nuclear Security in Vienna.

19 Netherlands condemns executions in Nigeria

In the afternoon of Monday 24 June, Nigeria executed four people who had been sentenced to death. Foreign minister Frans Timmermans has condemned and deeply deplored the executions. 'The Netherlands opposes the death penalty in all circumstances', he said. 'I therefore call on the Nigerian government, at both federal and state level, to restore the de facto moratorium on the death penalty and refrain from further executions, in accordance with Nigeria's international pledges.'

20 Additional EUR 3 million for Syrian refugees

During his visit to Nizip, the Syrian refugee camp near Gaziantep, Turkey, foreign minister Frans Timmermans pledged an additional €3 million for the reception of Syrian refugees.