April 23, 2019

Radovan Karadzic sentenced to life in prison

Former Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadzic sentenced to life in prison By Roy Lie Atjam. The Hague, 20 March 2019- In 2016, Radovan Karadzic was found guilty of genocide and war crimes by a UN tribunal and was given a 40-year prison sentence. Karadzic has subsequently appealed the court’s decision. The Hague, 20 March 2019, Radovan Karadzic, dressed in a dark suit and red tie, was led into court by U.N. guards and confirmed to the presiding judge that he would be able to follow the proceedings in a language he understood. The Appeals Chamber of the International Residual…

Read More

Romualdo Locatelli, Eternal Green under an Eternal Sun

The book ‘Romualdo Locatelli, Eternal Green under an Eternal Sun’ was presented at the Indonesian Embassy in The Hague on 18 March. Following biographies on G.P. Adolfs, W.G. Hofker, and W.C.C. Bleckmann, the well-known author Gianni Orsini MSc. spent five years of extensive research on Romualdo Locatelli. Orsini presented the newly published book to H.E. Mr. I Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the Kingdom of The Netherlands, who has written the Foreword to the biography. For four years, from 1939 until his tragic disappearance at the age of 37, the Italian painter Romualdo Locatelli lived and…

Read More

Waves of green over Ireland and beyond: St. Patrick’s Day

St Patrick Day in The Hague. Brexit, Ireland Euro membership

Read More

The U.S. reiterates its full support to Ukraine over Crimea

In the picture United States Special Representative for Ukraine, Ambassador Kurt Volker. By Guido Lanfranchi. On the fifth anniversary of Russia’s claimed annexation of Crimea, the United States reiterated its full support to Ukraine. The U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine, Ambassador Kurt Volker, called on Russia to resume negotiation in good faith to find a way out of the current impasse. It was on March 18th, 2018, that, in the wake of the referendum on the status of Crimea, the Russian Federation formally declared the annexation of Crimea. Five years later, the issue of Crimea remains a hot topic in…

Read More

Director of IFIMES with Secretary General of UN

Director of the Institute Assist. Prof. Dr. Bećirović presented to the UN Secretary-General Guterres the work of the Institute in the region of the Balkans and the Middle East

Read More

Australia Contributes €100,000 to Help OPCW Identify Perpetrators of Chemical Weapons Attacks

Permanent Representative of Australia to the OPCW, H.E. Ambassador Matthew Neuhaus and OPCW Director-General, H.E. Mr Fernando Arias. The Hague, Netherlands —18 March 2019 — The Government of Australia is contributing €100,000 toward the Trust Fund for Syria Missions for the formation and operation of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) team to identify the perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks in the Syrian Arab Republic. The team was created pursuant to the decision on addressing the threat from chemical weapons use adopted by the Conference of the States Parties at its Fourth Special Session in June 2018….

Read More

Rwanda in the Netherlands: A promotion of women empowerment and Sustainable Development Goals

In the picture H.E. Heidemaria Gürer Ambassador of Austria arriving to Rwanda´s event. For International Women’s Day, the Embassy of Rwanda to The Netherlands along with the Rwandan Women Association in The Netherlands, organised on March 16 an event to celebrate and display Rwanda’s culture and progress in gender equality and women empowerment. By Aurore Heugas. “International Women’s Day is a celebration of respect, appreciation, love and care towards women in your life and society” was a statement spoken at the Rwandan Embassy’s celebration for International Women’s Day on March 16, 2019. Taking place at the Hilton hotel in The…

Read More

Ambassador Jeffrey outlines the United States’ next steps in Syria

Ambassador Jeffrey outlines the United States’ next steps in Syria By Guido Lanfranchi. In the wake of the Conference of Donors for Syria, the United States’ Special Representative Ambassador James Jeffrey welcomed the international community’s commitment to support the Syrian people through humanitarian aid. At the same time, he also stressed the need to continue the fight against ISIS and to support a political transition in Syria.  On March 12-14th, 2019, representatives from over sixty countries and international organizations gathered in Brussels for the donors’ conference “Supporting the future of Syria and the region”, co-organized by the European Union and…

Read More

Ladies Ambassadors’ group meeting for International Women’s Day

In the picture sitting from left to right: H.E. Ms. Sahar Ghanem, Ambassador of Yemen, H.E. Ms. Sabine Nölke, Ambassador of Canada, H.E., Ms. Ngo Thi Hoa, Ambassador of Viet Nam, H.E. Ms. Brandusa-Ioana Predescu, Ambassador of Romania, the President of the Dutch Senate, H.E. Ms. Ankie Broekers-Knol, H.E. Ms. Marithza Ruiz, Ambassador of Guatemala and coordinator of the group of Women Ambassadors, H.E. Ms. Irene Florence Mkwawa-Kasyanju, Ambassador of the United Republic of Tanzania, H.E. Dr. Heidemaria Gürer, Ambassador of Austria and H.E. Ms. Rawan Sulaiman, Chief of Palestinean Mission. From left to right: H.E. Dr. Ilze Rūse, Ambassador…

Read More

A Double Bulgarian Celebration In The Hague

By Roy Lie Atjam. H.E. Ambassador Rumen Alexandrov hosted a reception in The Hague on 7 March 2019, celebrating the 141st year of the re-establishment of the Bulgarian state. It was the end of the Russo-Turkish War (1877–1878) that ultimately led to the signing of Treaty of San Stefano of 3 March 1878. The reception also celebrated the 110th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Bulgaria and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. An exposition showcased documentation pertaining to the longstanding cordial diplomatic relations between the two countries. Ambassador Rumen Alexandrov started his welcome remarks by saying: it is…

Read More