“It was just not planned,” said the prime minister in the House of Representatives. Dutch football will play the eighth final of the European Football Championship in the Hungarian capital on Sunday. In the debate, the SP proposed not to send an official delegation. But that was not already on the agenda, says Rutte.
He finds it “a difficult question what you do with competitions.” Should it happen that the cabinet is going to boycott a match, he thinks it would be wise to discuss this with the athletes involved. Rutte actually thinks that an attempt should be made to keep sports and politics separate.
If the Dutch national team wins in Budapest, the Orange squad will have to play the quarterfinals on July 3 in Baku in Azerbaijan. The ChristenUnie and GroenLinks believe that no government delegation should go there either. Azerbaijan still detains several hundred Armenian soldiers after a recent war in Nagorno-Karabakh. According to GroenLinks and ChristenUnie, this is contrary to the law of war.
“Let us not be garlands at the wrong party,” said Gert-Jan Segers (ChristenUnie). Rutte informed him that the cabinet will come back to it later. “We have to think carefully about it when it comes to that.”
At the beginning of this year, the House of Representatives adopted a motion by SP member Sadet Karabulut not to send a king, prime minister or minister to the World Cup in Qatar because migrant workers are exploited when building stadiums there. Thousands of people would have died as a result. The government has yet to respond to this motion. ChristenUnie and D66 believe that the Netherlands should not participate in this tournament.
Source: De Telegraaf by www.telegraaf.nl.
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