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The unveiling of the commemorative plaque of Constantin Karadja

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The unveiling of the commemorative plaque of Constantin Karadja- Anniversary of 140 years of diplomatic relations between Romania and The Netherlands

On the occasion of the anniversary of 140 years of diplomatic relations between The Netherlands and Romania and in the context of the official visit to The Netherlands of H.E. Mr. Bogdan Aurescu, Romanian Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Embassy of Romania organized the unveiling of the commemorative plaque dedicated to the memory of the Romanian diplomat Prince Constantin Karadja, born in The Hague in 1889.  

Karadja was awarded the distinction ‘Righteous among the Nations’ for his courageous actions of saving thousands of Jewish lives during World War II.  The symbolic ceremony took place at Nassauland 1 in the presence of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Romania and H.E. Ms. Brândușa Ioana Predescu, Ambassador of Romania in The Hague.  The Romanian Minister for Foreign affairs, visited The Hague upon invitation from his Dutch counterpart, Stef Blok to mark 140 years of diplomatic relations between our two countries.

The ministers discussed a broad range of bilateral topics, the way ahead in the EU and symbolically exchanged historic documents from the diplomatic archives of the two foreign ministries.   The official visit also included excellent meetings with interlocutors from international organisations in The Hague which Romania strongly supports and brings an important contribution to their work. Minister Aurescu held talks with H.E. Mr. Fernando Arias, Director General of OPCW; Mr. Chile Eboe Osuji, President of the International Criminal Court; and Mr. Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, President of the International Court of Justice.  

Minister Aurescu donated on behalf of the Romanian Government a painting of the Romanian diplomat Vespasian Pella, the great interwar lawyer, diplomat and founding father of the ICC concept and of international criminal law.   

In the picture H.E. Mr. Bogdan Aurescu, Romanian Minister for Foreign Affairs. Photography by Roy Strik.
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