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The role of the Netherlands in the European Framework for an international response on Darfur during its Presidency in 2004-2005

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Wessel Vermeulen


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In this article, we discuss the role of the Netherlands with respect to the Darfur crisis during 2003–2005. From the moment the crisis broke out, the Netherlands was active as a major donor and tried to facilitate political solutions. During the period January 2004–July 2005, it functioned as the (acting) presidency of the Council of the European Union and was therefore involved in creating a common EU position. We discuss how policy was made while observing internal (domestic) and external (international) influences. We conclude that the Netherlands was partially successful in establishing a more active EU position regarding Darfur. However, we also find evidence that, eventually, the EU has lagged behind the response of the UN Security Council, despite being a major donor to emergency relief and the African Union mission in Sudan.

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Author(s): Grünfeld F, Vermeulen WN

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Genocide Studies International

Year: 2014

Volume: 8

Issue: 2

Pages: 176-192

Print publication date: 01/09/2014

Acceptance date: 01/10/2013

ISSN (print): 2291-1847

ISSN (electronic): 2291-1855

Publisher: University of Toronto Press


DOI: 10.3138/gsi.8.2.04


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