Saintsman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 2065 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (13 years 10 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 793 times:
From the BBC:
"The entire Dutch cabinet has resigned in the aftermath of a report on the Srebrenica massacre.
The report, published last week, blamed the Dutch Government and senior military officials for failing to prevent the 1995 massacre, the worst single atrocity of the Bosnian war.
The government, headed by Prime Minister Wim Kok, met for crisis talks on Tuesday morning, before deciding to resign en masse.
Two ministers, Jan Pronk and Frank de Grave, had threatened to quit after the report's release.
The country was anyway due to hold general elections on 15 May.
Mr Kok's cabinet will function as an interim administration with no power to initiate legislation until a new government is formed.
The Srebrenica report said the government had sent its peacekeepers on a "mission impossible" to protect Srebrenica, which was supposed to be a United Nations safe area.
Up to 8,000 men and boys were slaughtered by Bosnian Serb forces who over-ran the area.
The report also criticised the UN, which it said should share responsibility with the Dutch Government for failing to prevent the tragedy.
But the fact that it stopped short of blaming the peacekeepers themselves has provoked angry protest from relatives of the victims."
SAS23 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 10 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 790 times:
I quite agree - politicians with honour are a rare thing indeed. If that had happened in the UK, it would have been 'spun' so that it would have been buried under other news or the previous Tory government blamed!
Hopefully Tone and his people will learn something from this. I'm not holding my breath, though!
RogueTrader From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 10 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 785 times:
I think this is actually good in a way - politicians taking blame and willing to end their power for their mistakes.
Its amazing that all the ministers can just quit.
In the USA, the president's party would just blame it on the UN and the non-presidential party would blame the president's party. Of course it would also all be burried in the back pages of the newspaper anyway.
So, to the Netherlands I know this is not great news, but it reveals that you have a government accountable for its actions.
Mighluss From Spain, joined Oct 2001, 984 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (13 years 10 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 783 times:
This things will never happen in Spain. A few days ago, we had an affaire with one of the most important banks here, and now, nobody knows nothing, so the other party have the blame, and so...and so... the goverment is always innocent.
Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (13 years 10 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 774 times:
The true reason for them quitting is that the research agency blamed the army for keeping back evidence that would place the blame on the troops who were there.
The minister of defence decided he could not function with that knowledge and decided to quit.
So he quit not because he took responsibility for what happened in Bosnia, but because the cabinet could not lay blame on the army for it...
Election politics forced the others to quit too (can't have one person from another party make a gesture that might be popular and not be seen to do the same, can you? Especially if it is a paper gesture only).
OO-VEG From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 1187 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (13 years 10 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 753 times:
Very good they resigned. May 15th are the elections and that proves their choice isn't just promotional stunt. It takes some courage to resign so close before the elections (the coalition was not doing very well, but I think they will lose even more voters now).
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13492 posts, RR: 76
Reply 8, posted (13 years 10 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 749 times:
An honourable thing to do.
Even so, the hugely outnumbered Dutch troops, with only personal weapons, requested NATO airstrikes on the advancing Serbs.
Which were refused.
In the UK, the then Foreign Secretary, Douglas Hurd, was a total Serb appeaser.
When he left politics, he went to work for a bank that did business with the Serb regime right up until the Kosovo crisis.
IMHO the concept of 'Blue Helmet' peacekeeping in an active war zone also died with Srebenicia.
KL713 From Netherlands, joined Aug 2001, 772 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (13 years 10 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 746 times:
too bad this has happened, but okay...on the other hand....it's a little bit their own fault, the Dutch government lacked the whole Srebrenica-crisis for years, and this is what they have to pay now.....
also a good thing for Pim Fortuyn this, I think the guy will get much more votes now at the elections.....too bad, because I don't like the guy!!