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141 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.

142 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.

143 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.

144 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.

145 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.

146 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.

147 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.

148 ‘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.

149 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.

150 NATO and the Netherlands support Turkey

‘NATO and the Netherlands support Turkey,’ said foreign minister Uri Rosenthal, following an incident last Friday where a Turkish aircraft was shot down by Syria. ‘I’m glad that NATO has met to hold consultations. We are behind Turkey. NATO strongly condemned Syria’s actions.’