News 2010

24 December 2010

‘Don’t let Sicko be our future’

Lewi Vogelpoel (right) gives a copy of  'Sicko' to Renske Leijten
Lewi Vogelpoel (right) gives a copy of 'Sicko' to Renske Leijten

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24 December 2010

Renewed war in Gaza must be prevented

SP Member of Parliament Harry van Bommel is urging Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal to take action to help prevent increasing tensions in Gaza from escalating into war. Van Bommel’s plea was prompted by the bombing of the Palestinian enclave by the Israeli air force in retaliation for a racket attack which had resulted in injury to a person in the kibbutz at Askalon. The Israeli reprisal left five dead.

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22 December 2010

SP demands explanation of deployment of provision ship off Ivory Coast

SP Members of Parliament Ewout Irrgang and today demanded greater clarity from the government regarding the deployment of a naval provision ship, the Amsterdam, off the Ivory Coast. The government yesterday stated that it had responded to a request from France for maritime support for the safety of nationals of EU member states in the troubled West African country.

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20 December 2010

End financial aid to Belarusian regime

'All members of the opposition and all journalists in Belarus must be freed’, says SP Member of Parliament and foreign affairs spokesman Harry van Bommel in response to the political situation in the eastern European country. ‘Furthermore, the EU should not be offering Belarus financial aid. According to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the government of Belarus interfered with the counting of votes from the elections which took place on Sunday 19th December. In addition, during the elections there were a number of irregularities.’ Moneys had been ear marked for Belarus in the framework of a cooperation programme with the EU.

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17 December 2010

Council of Europe uncovers organ theft in Kosovo

In the aftermath of the war in Kosovo organs were removed from people detained in secret prisons run by the Kosova Liberation Army (KLA). The organs were intended for transplant, and following their removal the victims were murdered. One of the leaders of the KLA has since become Prime Minister of Kosovo. These were the conclusions of a far-reaching two-year investigation by the Council of Europe.

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