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101 Ten years of the International Criminal Court: much achieved, much still to do

‘The International Criminal Court plays an essential role in preventing crimes, protecting people and bringing perpetrators to justice. It has achieved a great deal, but there is still much to do.’ Foreign minister Frans Timmermans delivered this message in the Knights’ Hall in The Hague at a ceremony to mark the ICC’s 10th anniversary, which was attended by Her Majesty the Queen and the President of Senegal.

102 Ten years of the International Criminal Court

On Wednesday, 14 November 2012, an event will be held to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Ridderzaal (The Knights Hall) in The Hague (Netherlands), in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen of the Netherlands

103 Cooperation between EU and Arab League crucial in Middle East

Cooperation between the EU and the Arab League is crucial to resolving problems in the Middle East, especially in Syria, foreign minister Frans Timmermans has said at a meeting of the Arab League and the EU in Cairo. Syria was the main topic of discussion.

104 Funding family planning in Africa sound investment

Investing in family planning in developing countries brings many benefits, according to UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, which this Wednesday published its State of World Population 2012 report, ‘By Choice, Not By Chance.’

105 Timmermans condemns rocket attacks on Israel from Gaza

Foreign minister Frans Timmermans has condemned the mortar and rocket attacks against Israel carried out by militant groups in the Gaza Strip.

106 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.

107 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.

108 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).

109 Netherlands discusses closer cooperation with Egypt

The Netherlands is discussing closer cooperation with Egypt in such areas as good governance and the rule of law. Foreign minister Uri Rosenthal recently held talks on the subject with his colleague Mohamed Kamel Amr in Cairo.

110 Rosenthal discusses cooperation with China

Foreign minister Uri Rosenthal had talks today in Beijing with Jia Qinglin, chairman of China's People's Political Consultative Conference and the fourth-ranking member of the Chinese hierarchy.