Dutch king, queen, prime minister will go to Sochi Olympics

Dutch king, queen, prime minister will go to Sochi Olympics

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King Willem-Alexander, queen Maxima, prime minister Mark Rutte and sports minister Edith Schippers will all attend the forthcoming Winter Olympics in the Russian city of Sochi, Rutte told reporters.

'The Netherlands wil be represented. We are not in favour of a boycott. It is better to be involved in dialogue,' the prime minister told his weekly news conference.

The decision means the Netherlands is not joining the growing list of western countries which are not sending their most senior representatives in protest at the country's human rights record.

The heads of state and government leaders of Germany, France, Belgium, Britain and the United States have already said they will not be attending the games.

Some opposition parties, Dutch gay rights group COC and Human Rights Watch have urged the cabinet not to send the king to Sochi. Willem-Alexander has attended several previous Olympics in his then role as the Dutch IOC member.



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