Statement by Frans Timmermans, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands at the Security Counsil, New York.
The Netherlands is deeply shocked by the terrible air disaster involving flight MH17. We mourn all those who were on board, whatever their nationality. Our thoughts are with their loved ones, friends, colleagues and acquaintances. The Dutch government is doing all it can to gain clarity for the victims’ families as swiftly as possible. The Netherlands is pressing for an independent and transparent international investigation and calls on all those involved to provide full and immediate cooperation. A crisis team has been set up at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague. Relatives of victims can contact the Ministry on +31 (0)70 348 7770.
The Netherlands is providing €500,000 in emergency aid for the areas of Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina worst hit by flooding. Minister of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans, also speaking on behalf of the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Lilianne Ploumen, announced this today during his visit to Serbia. ‘This has been a heavy blow for very many people,’ Mr Timmermans said. ‘Houses have been washed away and part of the harvest has been lost. Many people don’t have anything to fall back on. They don’t have any savings or insurance. The Netherlands is touched by their plight, and we want to show our solidarity by helping to provide disaster relief.’
The Netherlands is proud to be the partner country of the Agriculture Exhibition in Novi Sad, which is taking place for the 81st time this year from the 20th till the 26th of May. We are very pleased that our Minister of Foreign Affairs will open the Exhibition on behalf of the Netherlands and that an agricultural delegation will be present.
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