Dries van Agt
Dries van Agt Queen's Commissioner of North Brabant In office
June 1, 1983 – April 22, 1987
Monarch Beatrix Preceded by Jan Dirk van der Harten Succeeded by Frank Houben Member of the House of Representatives In office
September 16, 1982 – June 16, 1983
Minister of Foreign Affairs In office
May 28, 1982 – November 4, 1982
Prime Minister Himself Preceded by Max van der Stoel Succeeded by Hans van den Broek Prime Minister of the Netherlands In office
December 19, 1977 – November 4, 1982
Monarch Juliana (1977-1980)
Preceded by Joop den Uyl Succeeded by Ruud Lubbers Member of the House of Representatives In office
June 8, 1977 – December 19, 1977
Parliamentary leader - Christian Democratic Appeal
House of Representatives
May 26, 1977 – December 19, 1977
Preceded by First Succeeded by Wim Aantjes Deputy Prime Minister In office
May 11, 1973 – September 8, 1977
Prime Minister Joop den Uyl Preceded by Roelof Nelissen
Succeeded by Wilhelm Friedrich de Gaay Fortman Minister of Justice In office
July 6, 1971 – September 8, 1977
Prime Minister Barend Biesheuvel (1971-1973)
Joop den Uyl (1973-1977)
Preceded by Carel Polak Succeeded by Wilhelm Friedrich de Gaay Fortman Personal details Born Andreas Antonius Maria van Agt
February 2, 1931
Nationality Dutch Political party Catholic People's Party (1971-1980)
Christian Democratic Appeal (from 1980)
Spouse(s) Eugenie Krekelberg
Residence Nijmegen, Netherlands Alma mater Radboud University Nijmegen
Kwansei Gakuin University
University of South Carolina
Religion Roman Catholic Website DriesvanAgt.nl
Andreas Antonius Maria "Dries" van Agt (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈdris fɑn ˈɑxt]; born February 2, 1931) is a retired Dutch politician of the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA). He served as Prime Minister of the Netherlands from December 19, 1977, until November 4, 1982.
He previously served as Minister of Justice from July 6, 1971 until September 8, 1977 in the Cabinets Biesheuvel I, II and Den Uyl. And Deputy Prime Minister from May 11, 1973 until September 8, 1977 in the Cabinet Den Uyl. He resigned as Minister of Justice and Deputy Prime Minister to become the first Christian Democratic Appeal Party leader and the first Parliamentary leader of the Christian Democratic Appeal in the House of Representatives which he served from May 26, 1977 until December 19, 1977 and a Member of the House of Representatives from June 8, 1977 until December 19, 1977. Van Agt became Prime Minister of the Netherlands, leading the Cabinets Van Agt I, II and III. He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs for his Third cabinet.
After his prime ministership, Van Agt became the Queen's Commissioner of North Brabant from June 1, 1983 April 22, 1987, he resigned as Queen's Commissioner because of criticism on his performance and his cooperation with the States-Provincial. After leaving North Brabant, he became a diplomat for the European Communities, serving first as ambassador to Japan from April 1, 1987 until April, 1 1989 when he became the ambassador to the United States until April 1, 1995.
Andreas Antonius Maria van Agt was born on February 2, 1931, in Geldrop in the Netherlands province of North Brabant. After receiving his diploma Gymnasium-A at the Augustinianum he studied at the Catholic University of Nijmegen, where he received his Doctorate in Law in 1955. After graduating, he practiced law in Eindhoven until 1957, after which he worked in the office of legal and business affairs of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries until 1962. From 1962 to 1968, he worked for the Ministry of Justice.
Van Agt entered politics as a member of the Catholic People's Party, which merged with the other two major Christian Democratic parties in 1980 to form the CDA. From 1968 to 1971, Van Agt was Professor of Criminal Law at the Catholic University of Nijmegen. From 1971 to 1973, he was Minister of Justice in the government of Barend Biesheuvel. He caused outrage when he tried to pardon the last three Nazi war criminals still in Dutch prisons in 1972. From 1973 to 1977 he was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice in the government of Joop den Uyl.
From December 1977 to November 1982, Dries van Agt was Prime Minister of the Netherlands in three successive governments. After the resignation of his government, he remained a member of the Dutch Parliament until 1983, when he was appointed as the Queen's Commissioner of the province North Brabant.
Dries van Agt served as Ambassador of the European Community to Japan from 1987 to 1989 and to the United States from 1989 to 1995. From 1995 to 1996, he was a Visiting Professor of International Relations at the University of Kyoto.
He is currently Prime Counsellor for the International Forum for Justice and Peace, a foundation under Dutch law, registered at the Chamber of Commerce in Amsterdam. Chaired by retired international businessman Ben Smoes, they are currently focused on justice and peace in regard to the Israel/Palestine conflict.
Van Agt is known for his use of archaic language and complicated phrasing, as well as for his love for cycling.
On Arab–West understanding
Van Agt lectured in May 2006 in Cairo at the invitation of the Egyptian electronic magazine Arab-West Report about great changes in the cultural climate of north-western Europe in the past decades, becoming more hostile to religion, including Islam. Muslims, he argued, need to understand those changes in order to be able to respond better to European criticism on Islam and the Muslim world.
Van Agt has also spoken against the Council of State in Egypt for continuous delay in granting the Center for Arab West Understanding (CAWU) the NGO status. He met with prominent figures in Egypt to persuade them to do so. The Egyptian Council of State, after van Agt's visit to Cairo in 2006, ruled on February 18, 2007 that the Center for Arab-West Understanding (CAWU) should be recognized as an NGO under Egyptian law, ending its three-year struggle to obtain this status. Egypt is known for its reluctance in granting NGO status in order to discourage political participation. Cornelis Hulsman, a Dutch sociologist, the editor-in-chief of Arab-West Report, and the head of CAWU, stated that van Agt's effort significantly impacted the realization of their goals, which usually requires a lengthy amount of time and scrutiny in its political purposes.
On the Middle East and Dutch involvement in the Iraq War
For some years he has taken an outspoken stance regarding the Middle East, resulting in a fierce criticism of the policies undertaken by the government of Israel with regard to the Palestinians. When in office, van Agt was a staunch supporter of Israel, but after he stepped down in 1982 he changed his mind. He has accused Israel of "state terrorism" and turning the Palestinian Authority territories into "bantustans".
On 30 March 2007, Van Agt claimed on the Dutch radio show Argos that the new Dutch cabinet was 'muzzling' parliament with its decision to block an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Dutch involvement in the Iraq war.
He urged fellow party member and prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende not to stand in the way of the debate.
- Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Oranje-Nassau (1982)
- Honorary medal for Initiative and Ingenuity of the Order of the House of Orange (1974)
- Honorary Medal of the province North Brabant
- Honorary citizenship of the city Geldrop
- Honorary citizenship of the city Lille (France)
- ^ http://www.just-peace.org/sitemanager.asp?pid=13
- ^ For the full text of his lecture, entitled, “Cultures between Clash and Reconciliation: The Role of the Media and Academia,” see AWR, 2006, week 53, art. 3
- ^ http://www.arabwestreport.info/?q=node/13925 (art. 03, 32 - 2006 of Arab West Report)
- ^ http://www.arabwestreport.info/?q=node/15437(art. 02, 50 - 2006 of Arab West Report)
- ^ http://www.rnw.nl/english/article/former-dutch-pm-champions-palestinian-cause
- ^ http://www.haaretz.com/news/dutch-jimmy-carter-accuses-israel-of-terrorism-in-new-book-1.248633
- Mr. A.A.M. van Agt (Ministry of General Affairs)
- (Dutch) Mr. A.A.M. (Dries) van Agt (Parlement & Politiek)
Party political offices Preceded by
Christian Democratic Appeal
Parliamentary leader – Christian Democratic Appeal
House of Representatives
Government offices Preceded by
Minister of Justice
Wilhelm Friedrich de Gaay Fortman
Joop den Uyl
Minister of General Affairs
Max van der Stoel
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Hans van den Broek
Political offices Preceded by
Joop den Uyl
Prime Minister of the Netherlands
Jan Dirk van der Harten
Queen's Commissioner of North Brabant
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