10:21 Apr. 9, 2016
Dutch voters rejected EU-Ukraine association by a 62-38 margin
It will probably take several months to reach the decision on further steps regarding the Ukraine-E.U. Association Agreement after a 'no'-vote in the Dutch referendum, according to Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, De Telegraaf reported from Rutte's weekly press conference.
"It is quite a challenge to meet the feelings of the no-voters," said the prime minister, according to the report.
"This is a complex process with multiple players. This situation causes us headache, because we stepped into the unknown territory. There are many options. And, perhaps, it will take a few months before there is a solution," said Rutte.
Next week the prime minister is to hold talks with the House on the referendum's outcome.
The outcome of the Dutch referendum held April 6 saw 61.1% of votes cast against the Ukraine-E.U. Association Agreement, with a 32.2% turnout.
The Dutch government said in a statement that it intended to seek compromise on the issue of the Ukraine-E.U. deal, admitting that the process might take time.
Reporting by UNIAN.