December 19, 2018

  • Working together for a world free of chemical weapons

    By H.E. Mr Fernando Arias, Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons   At the end of July, I took office as the Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). As the implementing body for the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), the OPCW not only oversees the global endeavour to permanently and verifiably eliminate chemical weapons but also works to prevent the proliferation of dangerous chemicals and to improve the safety and security of the management of such chemicals. We must take into account the fact that we live surrounded by chemicals (used in…

  • Australia and the Netherlands: 400 years of shared history

    Ambassador Neuhaus attended the Invictus Family & Friends Day in Doorn for the Dutch athletes representing the Netherlands at the 2018 Invictus Games in October in Sydney, Australia. Australia’s new Ambassador to the Netherlands, H.E. Mr.  Matthew Ernest Keith Neuhaus, comes to The Hague with a background in international law, multilateralism and Africa (he grew up in East Africa and has served as Ambassador in Zimbabwe and Nigeria). “My career anchors” he calls them. As a Masters student at Cambridge University he first visited the International Court of Justice in The Hague in 1986 for a mock court case –…

  • Cuba, Preserving the Cultural Underwater Heritage

    Cuba and the Kingdom of the Netherlands signed a Memoradum of Understanding on Preservation of Cultural Underwater Heritage. By H.E. Ms. Soraya Alvarez, Ambassador of Cuba to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Last July 11 on the occasion of celebration of the 116th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between the Republic of Cuba and the Kingdom of the Netherlandshave signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Preservation of Underwater Cultural Heritage between the National Council of Cultural Heritage of Cuba (CNPC) and the Rijksdienstvoor het CultureelErfgoed (RCE) of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In the premises of the Second Palace…

  • An Austrian update on Netherlands and EU Relations

    Sitting in a grand living room surrounded by unique Austrian paintings and beautiful mirrors belonging to the ancient house of Austria, the property of her government for more than 30 years, H.E. Ambassador Heidemaria Gürer talks fluently about how Austria is doing and the present state of the nation’s relationship with the Netherlands. Ambassador Gürer is the head of the Austrian Diplomatic mission, also acting as a representative to some 50 bilateral and multilateral organizations sitting in the Netherlands. Some have commented that she is the most accessible, open and friendly Austrian ambassador to have graced the Netherlands; perhaps it is…

  • Thailand towards an enhanced partnership with the Netherlands

    An article to celebrate the National Day of the Kingdom of Thailand By H.E Ms. Eksiri Pintaruchi, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to the Kingdom of the Netherlands.   5th December marks Thailand’s National Day, Birthday Anniversary of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej (King Rama IX) and the Father’s Day of Thailand. In this connection, this article celebrates such auspicious occasions. The Thai-Dutch relations started off at the beginning of the 17th Century with next year to reach 415th Anniversary of diplomatic relations. The site of the old trading station, called “New Amsterdam” by the Dutch or…

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The US reiterates its support for European energy security and diversification

Dec 18, 2018

By Guido Lanfranchi. In his recent trip to Europe, Bureau of Energy Resources Assistant Secretary Francis Fannon visited Prague, Budapest and Zagreb to discuss European energy security. The United States – Mr. Fannon reiterated – remains committed to support European energy differentiation and to reduce its dependency from Russia.   In a moment of increasing tensions between Russia and the West, Bureau of Energy Resource Assistant Secretary, Mr. Francis Fannon, recently traveled to the Czech Republic, Hungary and Croatia in order to discuss European energy security. This trip was part of a broader outreach effort , which led Mr. Fannon to…

Venezuelan Chocolate & Rum Tasting: A guided sensory journey through the most beautiful regions of Venezuela

Dec 18, 2018

By Jochebed Kastaneer, MSc. On Friday 14th of December, the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the Kingdom of the Netherlands in collaboration with Diplomat Magazine and Diplomatic Card, hosted an exclusive Venezuelan Chocolate and Rum tasting. Via chocolate and rum, invitees experienced a guided sensory journey through the most beautiful regions of Venezuela, while physically remaining at the luxurious Crowne Plaza Hotel in the Hague. Awaiting the arrival H.E. Ms. Haifa Aissami Madah  Ambassador  of  Venezuela Permanent Mission to the International  Organisations in The Hague, Mr. Wilhen Diaz Lara Chargé d´Affaires a.i., Head of Mission of the Embassy of Venezuela…

Brexit at Des Indes

Dec 18, 2018

Coen Masselink, Des Indes General Manager and speaker Rem Korteweg together with ambassadors attending the conference. In the most traditional Des Indes style, Ambassadors and heads of missions participated in a lunch conference on an extremely sensitive issue, Brexit, at a time where no one knows how this situation will evolve. For additional Kim Vermaat’s pictures, please open the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/109407424@N02/albums/72157674623421627 The “Ambassador’s Lunch” initiative is a series of lunch-conferences organized by the experienced General Manager of Des Indes, Coen Masselink, to give the opportunity to Ambassadors and heads of missions to discuss contemporary political subjects with Dutch experts….

The United States blames Russia for the escalation of the conflict in Ukraine

Dec 18, 2018

By Guido Lanfranchi.   Speaking from Brussels in the midst of meetings with NATO and European allies, the US Special Representative for Ukraine, Ambassador Kurt Volker, condemns Russia for the lack of progress in resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine, as well as for the recent escalations in the Kerch Strait.     Almost five years after its start, the conflict in Ukraine shows no signs of winding down. Rather, after a long period of stall, tensions have recently soared as a result of the confrontation between Ukraine and Russia in the Kerch Strait. With both sides accusing each other…

Colombia’s Vice Minister of Multilateral Affairs Visits OPCW

Dec 17, 2018

H.E. Mr. Fernando Arias, and the Vice Minister of Multilateral Affairs, H.E. Ms. Adriana Mejia. The Hague – December 2018. The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), H.E. Mr. Fernando Arias, and the Vice Minister of Multilateral Affairs, H.E. Ms. Adriana Mejía, met  at the OPCW Headquarters in The Hague. The Director-General and the Vice Minister discussed progress in implementing the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and the results of the recent Review Conference. The Director-General provided detailed information about the enhancement of OPCW’s capabilities to address the threat from chemical weapons use and the project to…

OPCW New Centre for Chemistry and Technology

Dec 17, 2018

On the picture the Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), H.E. Mr. Fernando Arias, and the Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the OPCW and the Chairperson of the Executive Council, H. E. Ms. Ambassador Jana Reinišová. OPCW and Municipality of Pijnacker-Nootdorp Sign Land Agreement for Future OPCW Centre for Chemistry and Technology THE HAGUE, Netherlands —14 December 2018 —The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), H.E. Mr. Fernando Arias, and the Mayor of Pijnacker-Nootdorp, Honorable Ms. Francisca Ravestein, signed an agreement today to provide land for the construction…

12th conference of the Russian Community in the Netherlands

Dec 15, 2018

On the picture H.E. Mr. Alexander V. Shulgin, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Netherlands . By Elena Ratnikova. With the participation of the Russian Embassy in The Hague,  the Russian community has successfully organized the 12th conference “Council of the Russian Community in the Netherlands”, which took place at the Crown Plaza Hotel in The Hague on December 2nd. H.E. Mr. Alexander V. Shulgin, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Netherlands and Permanent Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons addressed an official opening speech. He extended his gratitude to the attendees, representatives from every sector…

Indonesian Fashion Designers Impress The Hague

Dec 15, 2018

By Roy Lie A Tjam. The Hague, 7 December 2018, the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, under the acumen leadership of Ambassador H.E. Mr. I Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja, organized a Fashion Show aimed at promoting yet another aspect of the Indonesian culture, Fashion! For additional Marian van Noort’s pictures, please open the following link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/109407424@N02/albums/72157704650377204 In his welcome remarks, Ambassador Puja expressed his thanks to everyone for attending the eventful evening. He also mentioned the Indonesian wastraadati or authentic Indonesian textile, its special quality. The event’s activities were divided into 3 parts. One was the Fashion Show which…

Panama, the shining star in Latin America and the Caribbean Region

Dec 14, 2018

The Ambassador of the Republic of Panama, H.E. Mr. Willys Delvalle. By Roy Lie Atjam. The Hague, 13 November 2018. The Ambassador of the Republic of Panama, H.E. Mr. Willys Delvalle and Mrs. Tatiana Delvalle, invited fellow Heads of Mission, members of the business community, Dutch government representatives, members of the International institutions and various others to the Marriott Hotel on the occasion of Panama’s 115th year of Independence. In his welcome speech, Ambassador Willys Delvalle welcomes one and all on behalf of the President of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, to the celebration of the 115th years of the Republic…

Farewell to the Ambassador of Georgia, H.E. Konstantine Surguladze

Dec 14, 2018

Founder and head of “Georgian Culture Center in the Netherlands”, Mrs. Tika Svanidze-vancko and H.E. Mr. Konstantine Surguladze, Ambassador of Georgia. On November 26, 2018, a farewell reception of the Ambassador of Georgia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, H.E. Mr. Konstantine Surguladze and his spouse Mrs. Nino Rusadze was held at the Embassy of Georgia. As from December 1, Ambassador’s mission to the Kingdom of the Netherlands comes to an end. The reception started with the farewell speech by the Ambassador of Georgia. His Excellency thanked guests for attending the reception. In his speech Ambassador summarized the bilateral relations…

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Botswana, in the framework of the Global Expo 2018

Diplomat Magazine spoke to Botswana’s Minister Bogolo Kenewendo In the framework of the Global Expo Botswana 2018, Diplomat Magazine had the pleasure to talking to the country’s Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry, The Honourable Bogolo Kenewendo. Do you foresee any effects that Brexit may have on Botswana, and its relations to the EU? Particularly because Botswana’s only BITC has only a seat in London. Have you pondered about moving it to an EU country, or opening one in Paris, Berlin or Frankfurt? Botswana like any other country, is following with keen interest on debates and the envisaged outcomes of…

NATO Trident Juncture Excercise: a message of deterrence to everyone

By Guido Lanfranchi At the end of October, NATO started its Trident Juncture 2018 exercise in and around Norway, simulating the Alliance’s reaction to a violation of Norway’s sovereignty. Admiral James Foggo, Commander of U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa, says that the exercise sends a strong message of deterrence.   Almost 50,000 personnel, 10,000 vehicles, 250 aircraft, and over 65 ships, from all 29 NATO Allies and two partner nations, Sweden and Finland, deployed in and around Norway, in spite of uneasy climatic conditions. These are the figures of NATO Trident Juncture 2018 exercise, kick started at the end…

Driving Tomorrow – Self-Driving Cars and its (legal) future

By Dr. Andreas Eustacchio LL.M. (London LSE),  Vienna-based attorney-at-law; born in Zambia. “The highly intriguing theory – supported by the extensive geological evidences including the bacteriological analysis of deep-laying hydrocarbons – about the abiotic nature of oil and its practically infinite recreation in the lower geological formations of earth was presented some 25 years ago. These findings were quickly dismissed, and the theory itself largely ignored and forgotten. The same happened with the highly elaborate plans of Nikola Tesla to exploit a natural geo-electrical phenomenon for the wireless transfers of high energy for free. Why? Infinity eliminates the premium of…

Boundary of division and contention: Pashtun conflicts must be addressed

Both Afghan and Pakistani governments must address the long-standing conflicts over their shared frontier region in a way that arrests the rising disaffection among the Pashtun community. By Attaullah Waziri. A border that was a product colonial jealousy and insecurity, the Durand Line divided what can be claimed as one of the world’s largest ethnic tribes, the Pashtuns, into two separate nation-states, Afghanistan and Pakistan, where they compete for political prominence today. In the late 1880s, the Amir of Afghanistan, Abdur Rahman, started demanding a clear demarcated border with the government of British India that had ventured into the Afghan…

Nile Basin and South Sudan Diplomacy

By Abraham Telar Kuc. For years tensions have been rising between the Nile river basin countries over the sharing and management of the Nile water, as Ethiopia, Uganda and many other countries questioning and refusing the water allocation percentages and the rights given to Egypt and Sudan in different agreements concerning Nile river water sharing, usage and management; saying that all the agreements governing the Nile water were signed between Great Britain and Egypt during the colonial era but former British colonies and current independent African nations are saying that all those agreements didn’t represent their interests and do not…

Cuba, the sense of safety

Twelve  days in Cuba Text & Photography by Kim Vermaat Cuba, an internationally coveted destination for globetrotters, is enjoying a strong summer season in its tourism and hospitality industries this year, boasting over two million visitors thus far. These industries continue to grow in defiance of the realities brought on by the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and the US-blockade. In large part, this is thanks to the rise in visitors from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Mexico, and Russia. The majority — 63 percent — of its hotels are rated four and five stars, and 74…

Why You Should Visit Uzbekistan

By Dr. Eugenio Matos G. When you are next deciding where to spend your holidays, consider Uzbekistan. This exquisitely beautiful nation brings together East and West, and offers an abundance of delightful new discoveries for any traveller visiting for the first time The major cities of Uzbekistan are known as the pearls of the “Great Silk Road”, travel destinations and cities that have absorbed all the singularity and unique beauty of the East. Visiting these cities allows one to be transported back to the atmosphere of a medieval city, to an era in which the Uzbek people made history. The…

Uzbekistan Airways, fostering National Tourism Development

                          By Dr. Eugenio Matos G. Traveling with Uzbekistan Airways is a truly memorable experience, thanks to the personal touch of its flight crew members and the extraordinary level of service that is reminiscent of “la belle epoch” of the airline transportation industry. The flag carrier is headquartered at Tashkent International Airport and serves destinations in Asia, Europe and North America. The company was founded in 1992 and builds on the legacy of the Uzbekistan division of the former Aeroflot which existed before the dissolution of the Soviet…

Coordinated crackdown on ‘Ndrangheta mafia in Europe

Unique joint investigation by judiciary and police forces in the Netherlands, Italy, Germany and Belgium culminates in the largest coordinated joint action against an organised criminal group to date in Europe During a joint action day starting today in the early hours, judicial and law enforcement authorities in the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg have taken coordinated and decisive action against the ‘Ndrangheta. This aggressive, mafia-style organised criminal group is one of the most powerful criminal networks in the world, and controls much of Europe’s cocaine trade, combined with systematic money laundering, bribery and violent acts. The operation, code-named…

Bleak See on the Black Sea

By Prof. Anis H. Bajrektarević. Following the latest events in and around the Black Sea, two old questions are reappearing. Both are inviting us for a repeated elaboration: If a Monroe doctrine (about the hemispheric security exclusivity) is recognised at one corner of the globe, do we have a moral right or legal ground to negate it at the other corner? This irrespectively from the fact that Gorbachev-Yeltsin Russia unilaterally renounced the similar explication – the Brezhnev doctrine about irreversibility of communist gains. Clearly, the ‘might-makes-right’ as a conduct in international relations cannot be selectively accepted. Either it is acknowledged…

The Hague Philippines Embassy Organizes Forum On EVAW: Ending Violence Against Women

The Philippine Ambassador to the Netherlands, H.E. Mr. Jaime Victor B. Ledda. 05 December 2018 – The Philippine Embassy in The Hague (The Hague PE) successfully conducted on 01 December a forum in observance of PH 18-day campaign to end violence against women, aptly titled, Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW): The International and National Responses. In his welcome remarks, H.E. Ambassador Jaime Victor B. Ledda informed the participants that the forum is a continuing advocacy on women’s rights and gender equality of the Embassy, in close partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs’ Gender and Development (GAD) program, and the…

US SR Hook displays evidence of Iranian activity in the Middle East

By Guido Lanfranchi. Addressing the diplomatic and press corps in Joint Base Anacostia – Bolling, United States, US Special Representative for Iran Mr. Brian Hook showed “tangible evidence” of Iran’s “malign activities” in the Middle East, and urged the international community to support the US-led pressure campaign on Tehran. The Iran Materiel Display (IMD), hosted by Joint Base Anacostia – Bolling, is a showcase of missiles, rifles, hand grenades and a number of other Iranian-made weapons collected by the United States and its allies in the region. Such exposition – US Special Representative for Iran Mr. Brian Hook explains –…