Why do you think the Netherlands is now the most peaceful nation?
Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders told The Globe and Mail he believes diplomacy has reached a tipping point, and he hopes that more nations will follow his lead.
He said he has seen “a clear change in attitude towards international conflict” in recent years.
“I think a lot of the world’s governments, I would say, are beginning to see that a peaceful world is possible.
And if we are able to achieve that, then I think the world is going to be a better place.”
Koenders believes that the Netherlands has come a long way since the 1980s, when a war between the two Koreas led to the outbreak of the Korean War.
But he said that the country is still far from being able to stop a second Korean War from escalating.
“What I’m trying to do is convince the world, ‘I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure that we can bring peace,'” Koenders said.
“That’s my priority, and I believe it is possible.”
Koends said he thinks the country will continue to make progress toward peace.
He also said he hopes the war in Syria will soon end, and that the conflict in Ukraine will soon be resolved.
Koenders, who said he is from a working class family, said he’s hopeful that the current international climate of uncertainty can lead to a stronger and more prosperous world.
“We have to be honest, we have to work on this,” he said.
He added that the peace process needs to include the United States.
“In a democracy, you can’t have a peaceful society and a peace-loving country at the same time,” he added.
“And so, I think we have a responsibility to continue to work with the United Kingdom and the United State to make this happen.”