This morning the families of the victims of the MH17 disaster were briefed by the Joint Investigation Team on the initial findings of the criminal investigation into the downing of flight MH17. These findings concern the weapon used to down flight MH17, the location from which it was fired and the Buk missile system’s route of transport.
On 6 april 2016 an advisory referendum was held in the Netherlands on the EU-association agreement with Ukraine. The preliminary outcome shows that the required threshold for a valid outcome of a turn-out of 30% or more was reached, with a clear victory for the people who voted against.
Foreign minister Bert Koenders and travel expert Floortje Dessing have launched a new central helpline for travellers. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs can now be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week at +31 247 247 247 for practical travel tips and assistance. Travellers abroad can also contact the Ministry online and via Twitter. It is estimated that about 3,000 people per day will use the new services.
The Kingdom of the Netherlands has a longstanding commitment to the UN. We strongly believe in our partnership for peace, justice and development with the UN and its Member States. We work with our partners towards a better common future. By seeking election to the UN Security Council for the 2017-2018 period, we aim to make an even bigger contribution to building a more secure, just and prosperous world.
Geachte Voorzitter, Met verwijzing naar het verzoek van de Commissie voor Buitenlandse Handel en Ontwikkelingssamenwerking van 28 november 2014 met kenmerk 2014Z21887/2014D44232, het verzoek van de vaste commissie voor Buitenlandse Zaken van 10 april 2015 met kenmerk 015Z06439/2015D13250 en de brief over de tijdelijke sluiting van de post Sana’a (Kamerstuk 32 734, nr. 28 van 12 februari 2015), bieden wij u hierbij een Kamerbrief aan over de Nederlandse inzet in Jemen.
Foreign minister Bert Koenders has decided to temporarily close the Dutch embassy in Sana’a. The staff posted from The Hague have already left Yemen. Mr Koenders informed the House of Representatives in a letter this afternoon.
Sana’a, 27 November 2014 - A grant agreement was signed today between Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, on the project “Support to Reproductive Health Commodity Security” in Yemen. The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands gave a total grant of € 3 million to the maternal and neonatal Emergency Obstetric Care commodities for 2015 and 2016. The signing ceremony took place at Ministry of Public Health in Sana’a.
The national commemoration of the flight MH17 disaster will take place on Monday 10 November in Amsterdam. The commemoration is accessible by invitation only. The persons invited are the surviving relatives of the victims and persons involved in the air crash.
The Kingdom of the Netherlands was today elected to the Human Rights Council for the 2015-2017 period by the UN General Assembly. Foreign minister Bert Koenders welcomes the Netherlands’ membership of the council. ‘What happened today underlines the importance the Netherlands places on human rights worldwide,’ said the minister.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Frans Timmermans, has requested His Majesty the King to discharge him from his duties as Minister of Foreign Affairs as of today, 17 October 2014.