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141 Netherlands to host international talks on Syria

In September the Netherlands will be hosting the fourth meeting of the Friends of the Syrian People International Working Group on Sanctions. This coalition of like-minded countries meets regularly to discuss sanctions against Syria and ways of getting more countries to join in them. During the meeting in the Netherlands, the main focus will be on improving the sanctions against the Syrian regime. ‘I hope that by that time the situation in Syria will have changed for the better. But now we need to step up pressure on the regime,’ said foreign minister Uri Rosenthal.

142 The Netherlands donates extra humanitarian aid to the Sahel

The Dutch government is making €5.3 million extra available for humanitarian aid to Mali, where a food crisis is affecting over 4 million people. A conflict is also raging in the northern part of this Sahel country. As a result, around 160,000 people have become displaced in Mali itself, while over 180,000 Malian refugees have fled to neighbouring countries.

143 Dutch Citizens Who Live abroad Can Register Now for the Sept. 12 Election (till August 1st !)

Voters who live outside the Netherlands but want to vote in the upcoming Dutch election have to register with The Hague.

144 President of the ICC thanks Rosenthal and Hague

During British Foreign Secretary William Hague’s visit to the Netherlands Sang-Hyun Song, President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), thanked Mr Hague and Minister of Foreign Affairs Uri Rosenthal for their assistance in securing the release of four of his staff in Libya.

145 Rosenthal receives British Foreign Secretary

The British Foreign Secretary William Hague was in the Netherlands today for a working visit. Foreign minister Uri Rosenthal discussed a number of issues with Mr Hague, including Syria.

146 International community and Afghanistan make agreements on financial support and progress on reforms

Financial support for Afghanistan from the international community is dependent on the progress shown by the Afghan government in areas like good governance, human rights and efforts to tackle corruption. The Netherlands and the rest of the international community made concrete agreements on this with the Afghan government on 8 July in Tokyo.

147 Achieving Millennium Development Goals shows that development cooperation works

Three Millennium Development Goals have been achieved well before the deadline of 2015. The number of people living in poverty has been halved, as has the number of people without access to clean drinking water. And fewer people live in slums. This emerged from a report presented by the United Nations on Monday.

148 Netherlands welcomes Syria transition plan

The Netherlands has welcomed the proposed transition plan for Syria and the call for a government of national unity agreed by the permanent members of the UN Security Council in Geneva on Saturday.

149 ‘More countries should sign up to the International Criminal Court'

The Netherlands has called on all countries to accede to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, which is based in The Hague.

150 Rosenthal positive about Kunduz mission

In a parliamentary debate today on the progress made by the Dutch police training mission in the Afghan province Kunduz, foreign minister Uri Rosenthal emphasised once more the mission’s great importance.