The government is to provide a second package of emergency aid for refugees fleeing Myanmar. The decision by development minister Lilianne Ploumen comes in response to an appeal from the International Red Cross, the only international organisation able to reach the northern part of Rakhine State. The Red Cross has warned that no funding is currently available for a substantial part of the humanitarian aid immediately needed in the region. ‘The plight of many people there is utterly desperate,’ the minister commented.
The special teams deployed worldwide by the Netherlands to advise countries on how to protect themselves against flooding will be continuing their activities in the years ahead. Foreign trade and development cooperation minister Lilianne Ploumen and infrastructure and environment minister Melanie Schultz van Hagen have pledged to fund the Dutch Risk Reduction (DRR) teams for another three years.
At the invitation of the Myanmar Government, we visited Northern Rakhine today. We went to a number of villages in Maungdaw and Rathedaung districts and met a mixture of local communities.
This initiative by the Government of Myanmar allowed us to show support for the many people of all communities in northern Rakhine who have suffered and still feel great insecurity.
The Netherlands will contribute €1.5 million to the United Nations’ mechanism to collect evidence of atrocities committed in Syria since 2011, foreign minister Bert Koenders announced on Thursday. The minister is attending the UN General Assembly in New York.
The UN set up the Syria Investigative Mechanism in late 2016. Staff will collect and analyse evidence of the most serious crimes. They will also draw up case files that can be used in criminal proceedings at a later date.
Co-Chairs’ summary issued by Ms. Margot Walström, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden; Mr. Bert Koenders, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands; and Mr. Mark Lowcock,
Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.