April 23, 2019

Obituary

Virachai Plasai ambassador of Thailand passing in Washington

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European justice meets Romanian culture at Eurojust

Mr. Ladislav Hamran, President of Eurojust. By Guido Lanfranchi. On March 21st, 2019, Eurojust opened its headquarters to host a socio-cultural event at the crossroads of justice priorities, art, culture, and gastronomy. The event, co-organized by Eurojust and the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, showcased the beauty of the Romanian culture, as well as Eurojust’s precious achievements. Eurojust headquarters in The Hague might be used to host law enforcement experts, member states’ prosecutors, or even high-level political figures. Yet, on March 21st, 2019, the organization’s premises looked different than in other days, as Eurojust prepared to…

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Honorary Consul of Finland paid a courtesy visit to Dean of the Consular Corps of Curaçao

The Honorary Consul of Finland in Willemstad, Mrs. Helvig van de Laarschot-Jonckheer, paid a courtesy visit to the Dean of the Consular Corps of Curaçao, Mr. Karel Frielink. During the meeting, the development and future of both Finland and Curaçao were discussed. The strengthening of the economic ties between the two countries and the Finnish education system, which is highly regarded worldwide, were also discussed. The courtesy visit also provided the opportunity for both sides to share and exchange views on other issues of mutual interest.

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Families of Bangladesh genocide victims call for justice in the Hague 

The Hague, March 23: The Bengali community in Europe is stepping up efforts to have Pakistan’s actions in Bangladesh in 1971 recognised as genocide. Activists gathered outside the International Court  of Justice and permanent Shaheed Minar in The Hague the Netherlands on March 23, calling for international action. This was part of the day-long program of the Europe-based diaspora organization European Bangladesh Forum (EBF) on international recognition of the 1971 genocide in Bangladesh’ in The Hague. A number of experts with an international reputation, working on this area from the UK America, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Finland and Bangladesh participated…

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Yemen after the Stockholm agreement: perspectives from the Embassy

By Guido Lanfranchi. On March 20th, 2019, the Yemeni Embassy in the Netherlands briefed the Dutch press on the situation on the ground in Yemen. The update focused on the state of implementation of the Stockholm agreement, as well as on the erupting conflict in the Hajour district. As the situation on the ground in Yemen is characterized by extreme complexity and continuous changes, the Yemeni Embassy in the Netherlands decided to offer a briefing in order to expose the position of the Government of Yemen. The briefing took place in the Embassy’s premises in Scheveningen, The Hague, and was…

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Tunisia’s flavours and music land in The Hague

By Guido Lanfranchi. On March 20th, 2019, a combination of Tunisian flavours and music filled the Crowne Plaza hotel in The Hague. A large number of guests, including several Ambassadors, diplomats, and businessmen, gathered to enjoy the night, impeccably co-organized by the Tunisian Embassy in The Hague, the Tunisian Tourist Office, the Diplomat Magazine, and the hotel’s staff. A glass of tasty mint tea, accompanied by traditional Tunisian music playing in the background: this was the pleasant welcome offered to the guests attending the inaugural dinner of the “Tunisian Gastronomic Days”, held in the evening of March 20th, 2019. At…

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The Hague Residentie Orkest Austrian Connection 

H.E. Mrs. Heidemaria Gurer, Ambassador of Austria. By Roy Lie Atjam. The Austrian residence has become a musical hot spot in The Hague! On 28 February 2019,  the Austrian Ambassador has hosted the Residentie Orkest at her residence. A concert followed, featuring  Kian Soltani, cello and Mario Haring, Piano. This concluded the series of concerts for February 2019. ¨Thanks to Zuiderstrand theatre and the Residentie Orkest, February was dedicated to Austrian music¨, a remark made by H.E. Mrs. Heidemaria Gurer, Austrian Ambassador. She continued, ¨we took advantage of it and cooperated at the beginning of February with a Korngold evening on…

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Armenia and La francophonie

H.E. Mr. Tigran Balayan, Ambassador of Armenia. By Roy Lie Atjam. The month of March has long has been considered as the month of La francophonie.  The month’s observances not only place significant emphasis on the French language but also everything that pertains to France. French-speaking countries are not the only members of la francophonie. In fact, many countries that have had some affiliation with the Francosphere in the past, which would not only include the use of the language, but also all connections with the French historical or cultural space. Individuals, therefore, who are greatly fond of France or…

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South American presidents set up “Prosur”

Friday, 22 March 2019, Santiago, Republic of Chile: the 36th President of Chile, Sebastián Piñera Echenique, hosted a summit for his counterparts hailing from Argentina; Mauricio Macri; Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro; Colombia, Iván Duque Márquez; Ecuador, Lenín Moreno; Paraguay, Mario Abdo Benítez; Guyana, David Granger as well as Peru, Martín Vizcarra. Chile and Colombia have led the imputus for the new ‘Prosur’ political grouping after criticism that a previous bloc, Unasur, failed to take action on crisis-stricken Venezuela. In the “Santiago Declaration” inked in the leaders vowed to create a bloc open to any country, regardless of political ideology, to collaborate on solving regional problems, as long as they hold “a firm…

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Hesse and Vojvodina to set up partnership

Minister Lucia Puttrich, Picture by Hessische Landesvertretung. Thursday-Friday, 20-22 March 2019: Hesse’s regional government consented to a partnership with the autonomous province of Vojvodina in Serbia. To the latter goal Minister of Federal and European Affairs of Hesse, Lucia Puttrich, travelled to Novi Sad, Vojvodina’s capital. Minister Puttrich was duly received by Serbia’s Prime Minister Ana Brnabić, her Serbian counterpart for European Affairs, Jadranka Joksimović as well as Igor Mirović, Premier of the Autonomous Province Vojvodina. Since 2012 the Hessian Diet (Landtag) entertains a regional partnership with the parliament of Vojvodina. Hessian Premier Volker Bouffier paid an official visit to Serbia in 2017. Premier Bouffier’s coalition…

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