To mark World Press Freedom Day, foreign minister Uri Rosenthal issued a statement today on behalf of Freedom Online, an international coalition that he was instrumental in forming.
Foreign minister Uri Rosenthal today announced that if there are no visible improvements to the rule of law in Ukraine in the short term, particularly with respect to the treatment of the imprisoned ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, the Dutch government will not be represented at the Euro 2012 football matches in Ukraine.
The Netherlands and its international partners will continue to work for a stable and safe Afghanistan. ‘Recent incidents illustrate the complexity of the situation in Afghanistan, but have not changed the international community’s strategic approach,’ said foreign minister Uri Rosenthal during the parliamentary debate on Afghanistan.
Today foreign minister Uri Rosenthal met with a group of religious leaders. He expressed his concern about the recent violence affecting vulnerable minorities, such as Christians, in a number of countries.