August 22, 1991
Netherlands: President Ruud Lubbers, whose country currently presides over the European Community, viewed events in the Soviet Union with optimism. "Everything seems to indicate that we are headed in the right direction and we hope the final result will be along the same lines of today's events."
December 20, 1991 |
The five-year-long world trade talks came to a halt Thursday after an all-night initiative failed to solve disputed issues, leaving GATT chief Arthur Dunkel to salvage a pact with his own draft agreement. Trade diplomats met in a wide range of negotiating sessions, with at least one beginning at 3:30 a.m., in a mad rush to meet a self-imposed deadline after years of what diplomats describe as "talking past each other."
May 13, 1985 |
Pope John Paul II, speaking at the International Court of Justice, today denounced South Africa's policy of forced racial separation, saying "no system of apartheid or separate development" of the races is acceptable. The Pope is on a five-day tour of the Netherlands, which has sparked riots by anti-Establishment youths and caused liberal Dutch Roman Catholics to speak out against what they claim is John Paul's overly conservative interpretation of church teachings.
October 26, 1985 |
The United States asserted Friday that the Soviet Union had not reduced its force of 441 nuclear-armed SS-20 missiles, despite pledges to dismantle part of the arsenal. The U.S. statement set the stage for the Dutch government to approve deployment in the Netherlands of 48 U.S. cruise missiles under a North Atlantic Treaty Organization plan. The Dutch government has said it will accept the nuclear missiles if the number of SS-20s exceeds 378 as of Nov. 1.
November 1, 1995 |
Former Dutch Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers is likely to be selected as the next NATO secretary general, possibly as early as next week, according to alliance officials here. "The choice now seems clear," said an official who declined to be identified. "A leading candidate has emerged." The Dutch representative to the 16-member North Atlantic Treaty Organization was expected to formally propose Lubbers at a private meeting of alliance ambassadors Tuesday.
February 19, 1989 |
Labor, industry and the government are joining in a crusade to save the fast-deteriorating environment of the Netherlands, described by a union chief as the "trash can of the continent." Not only does pollution come from the Netherlands' own post-World War II industrialization, it also flows down the Rhine River from chemical plants in Switzerland and West Germany.
August 19, 1994 |
As senior ministers from NATO's 16 member nations gather here today at a commemorative service for the alliance's late secretary general, Manfred Woerner, they will start to address the crucial issue of succession. Although Woerner, who died here Saturday, had been fighting a losing battle against cancer for more than two years, there has been little thought given to a successor.
June 21, 1987 |
Builders at this Dutch air force base have nearly finished the first of three nuclear rocket shelters--ready for 48 U.S. cruise missiles that might never arrive. The Netherlands was the last of five NATO countries to agree to accept U.S. cruise or Pershing-2 medium-range missiles and plans to deploy them in mid-1988 at Woensdrecht, tucked away in woods in the southwest of the country near Belgium.
October 4, 1991 |
As a result of what is generally considered Dutch diplomatic ineptness, a new European Community treaty on political union has been dealt a serious setback. "The Dutch tried to expand on an earlier draft," commented one EC official. "But they got it wrong, and now three months have been lost." EC ministers have been cobbling together draft versions of treaties on political and monetary union, which would amend the 1957 Treaty of Rome, the constitution for the original Common Market countries.
July 17, 1989 |
President Bush said today that a new world is in sight and he vowed to aid reform in Eastern Europe by improving U.S. ties with the Soviet Union. "Today, as when the Pilgrims left this city, a new world lies within our reach," Bush said in remarks at the Dutch town from where many of America's 17th-Century Pilgrim fathers sailed for the New World across the Atlantic.