Netherlands boycotts UN conference

6th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

6 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – A broad majority in Parliament has agreed to a request from Democrats D66 that the Netherlands not take part in a United Nations conference in New York on the trafficking of women and children.

6 March 2007

AMSTERDAM – A broad majority in Parliament has agreed to a request from Democrats D66 that the Netherlands not take part in a United Nations conference in New York on the trafficking of women and children.

A spokesperson for the ministry of foreign affairs confirmed this on Monday. The Netherlands will only send civil servants as observers to the conference.

Parliament has decided against participation because Belarus Interior Minister Vladimir Naumov is one of the organisers of the conference.

He is regarded as one of those responsible for the disappearance of opposition leaders like former interior minister Yuri Zakharenko, politician Viktor Gonchar in 1999 and Russian cameraman Dmitry Zavadsky in 2000.

D66 pointed out to Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Verhagen that Naumov and Belarus Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration and co-organiser Natalia Petkevich are unable to get a visa to either the US or EU because Belarus violates human rights and they are closely involved in the government.

D66 was supported in its motion by the Liberal VVD, Green Left GroenLinks, Labour PvdA, Socialist SP, ChristenUnie and Christian democrat CDA.

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