Nigeria - Belgium sends reconnaissance team

date: 11 May 2014

After the kidnapping of 223 Nigerian schoolgirls, Belgium had contact with the Nigerian government.

Foreign Minister Didier Reynders and Public Health Minister Laurette Onkelinx decided to send a small reconnaissance team of experts of the departments Foreign Affairs and Public Health to Nigeria on Sunday.

This team has full backing of the Nigerian government. The mission will last for 3 to 4 days and will determine if an eventual deployment of a medical and psychological team is useful. The team would provide assistance to the families of the schoolgirls and the schoolgirls themselves as soon as they are released.

Based on the findings of the reconnaissance team, Belgium will decide whether to send its own team or propose or support a European initiative.