The Netherlands has been an active mem ber of the preeminent international organization since its founding in 1945. It has had a temporary seat in the UN Security Council five times (1956, 1951–1952, 1965–1966, 1983–1984, and 1999–2000). In 1954–1955, Eelco van Kleffens was president of the United Na tions General Assembly. The UN judicial organ, the International Court of Justice, is located in The Hague, and since 1997, the former Dutch minister of foreign affairs Pieter Hendrik (“Peter”) Kooijmans (1933– ) has been one of its 15 judges. Dutch troops have also par ticipated in many UN peacekeeping operations.See also WORLD HERITAGE SITES.
Historical Dictionary of the Netherlands. EdwART. 2012.
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