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  • Didier Reynders opens the International Conference on Genocide Prevention in Brussels

    31 Mar

    BRUSSELS, 31 March 2014 - At the initiative of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Government of Belgium is holding an International Conference on Genocide Prevention in Brussels, today and tomorrow. This is done in cooperation with the African Union, the European Union and the United Nations. Representatives of more than 100 States and International Organizations participate. The Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, will close the works on Tuesday.

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  • Didier Reynders regrets drowned refugees on Lake Albert and expresses condolences

    26 Mar

    It was with sadness that Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders learned of the deaths of 108 people who lost their lives in a shipwreck on the Ugandan side of Lake Albert on Monday 24 March. Most of the people on board were Congolese refugees who wished to return to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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  • Minister Reynders concerned about death sentences in Egypt

    26 Mar

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders, like the EU High Representative Catherine Ashton, is deeply concerned to learn about the sentencing to the death penalty of 529 members of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

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  • Didier Reynders responds to the sentencing of demonstrators in Burundi

    26 Mar

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders has learned of the 22 Movement for Solidarity and Democracy (MSD) activists who were sentenced to life in prison in Burundi. This sentence followed a demonstration of their party that turned violent on Saturday 8 March in the capital Bujumbura. Another 27 activists were given prison terms of between 2 and 10 years.

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  • Didier Reynders concerned about the expansion of settlements on the West Bank, including East Jerusalem

    22 Mar

    Like High Representative Catherine Ashton, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is gravely concerned about the recent announcement of the approval of some 2,300 new homes in the Israeli settlements.

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  • Land mines: Didier Reynders is pleased that Oman will be the 162nd State Party to the Ottawa Treaty

    20 Mar

    On the occasion of his meeting with Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders, His Excellency Youssef bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Minister of Foreign Affairs, has announced that the Sultanate of Oman will accede to the Ottawa Mine Ban Treaty.

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  • Didier Reynders on the International Francophonie Day

    19 Mar

    On the occasion of the International Francophonie Day on 20 March, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders reminds us of the values that are promoted by Francophonie: democracy, human rights, peace and solidarity.

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  • Didier Reynders condemns Russian recognition of Crimea as an independent state

    18 Mar

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders condemns the Russian recognition of Crimea as an independent state. He also condemns the signing by President Putin of a draft decree to annex Crimea. He deems these decisions regrettable. He deplores the fact that these decisions were taken despite repeated appeals from the European Union not to escalate the crisis in Ukraine and to maintain the dialogue among all parties involved.

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  • Didier Reynders engaged in International Conference: "Genocide prevention, is it possible?"

    17 Mar

    On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda (1994) and in view of the upcoming commemoration of the Srebrenica genocide (1995), Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders has taken the initiative to hold an international conference on the prevention of genocide. The conference will be held on 31 March and 1 April in the Egmont Palace in Brussels.

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  • Didier Reynders concerned about developments in Ukraine

    14 Mar

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Didier Reynders, is monitoring the developments in Ukraine closely and with great concern, in particular the referendum on bringing Crimea under the jurisdiction of the Russian Federation. The referendum will be held this Sunday, 16 March.

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