Ambassador reprimanded for election talk

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2 May 2005 , AMSTERDAM — Foreign Minister Ben Bot has reprimanded the Dutch ambassador in London for saying in an interview he anticipates problems if the Conservatives win the British election on Thursday.

2 May 2005

AMSTERDAM — Foreign Minister Ben Bot has reprimanded the Dutch ambassador in London for saying in an interview he anticipates problems if the Conservatives win the British election on Thursday.

A spokesman for the minister said on Monday that Bot believes ambassadors should not make such comments.

Ambassador Jan de Marchant et d'Ansembourg said if the Conservatives win power, there is a large chance Britain will withdraw from various co-operative projects in Europe.

He also said he is hoping for a victory of the Labour Party under Prime Minister Tony Blair. "I think that is of importance for us, certainly in a European context."

A Dutch Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Monday that the comment will be the main subject of discussion when Bot meets with the ambassador in the near future.

"The minister is of the opinion that the ambassador should not choose a party and accordingly should refrain from such statements," he said.

De Marchant et d'Ansembourg believes the British Conservatives could frustrate Europe's defence polices — policies which the Netherlands supports.

"We don't only want to remain in a Europe with France and Germany who only have a continental vision of European politics and no longer want relations with the United States," the diplomat said.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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