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As Dutch FM Zijlstra Quits For Dark Dacha Talk, No Echo Yet In UNSC, 1718 Chair

By Matthew Russell Lee, Photos, Periscope

UNITED NATIONS, February 13 – While at the UN officials virtually never quit or are fired regardless of what they do, or don't do, in the Netherlands it is different.

Dutch Foreign Minister Halbe Zijlstra has resigned for lying that at a supposed gathering with Russia's Putin, "I was tucked away back in the room, but I could clearly hear Putin's answer to the question about what he considered greater Russia."

He has quit, though there was no echo of it on February 13 in the UN Security Council, whether the Netherlands holds a seat this year. When UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres met Sigrid Kaag on January 15, he joked before the Press was ushered out that he could not get used to her new role, as Dutch minister, still seeing her with the UN (from Lebanon to Syria chemical weapons.) In those UN roles, Kaag blocked Inner City Press on Twitter. Notably she stopped the blocking as soon as she left the UN, showing that the UN either encourages or has fewer disincentives to censorship than the private sector. Perhaps the resignation atop the Dutch foreign ministry, and replacement, will be heard of in connection with the UN's North Korea sanctions committee, which the Netherlands chairs. Watch this site.


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