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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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  • Didier Reynders supports sovereignty of Ukraine during Benelux mission

    10 Mar

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders went to the Ukrainian capital Kiev on Monday 10 March with his Dutch colleague Frans Timmermans and his Luxembourg colleague Jean Asselborn on a political mission from the Benelux. The three ministers had official meetings with acting President Oleksandr Turchynov and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrii Deschytsya. They also spoke with representatives from civil society.

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  • Speech of Minister Reynders on the occasion of the 25th session of the Human Rights Council

    05 Mar

    Speech of Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders on the occasion of the 25th session of the Human Rights Council (Genève, 5 March 2014)

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  • Didier Reynders shocked by the attack in the Kunming railway station

    05 Mar

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is shocked by the blind violence this weekend in the railway station in Kunming, capital of China’s Yunnan Province. He emphatically condemns this cowardly attack. The Minister offers his condolences to the families and friends of the victims as well as to the Chinese authorities.

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  • Working to offer Congolese, Rwandan and Burundian populations a better future

    28 Feb

    The Minister for Development Cooperation, Jean-Pascal Labille, and the European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, will be travelling to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda for a working mission between 3 and 6 March.

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  • Didier Reynders condemns violence in Ukraine

    19 Feb

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders condemns the violent and worrisome escalation of the protests in Kiev. He deplores the loss of human lives, injuries sustained, cases of missing persons, torture and intimidation. Minister Reynders presents his deepest condolences to all the families and friends of those who died.

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  • EUNIDA: a unique tool for implementing European Development Aid

    19 Feb

    In 2000 the Belgian Technical Cooperation (BTC) was one of the five founding members of EUNIDA, the European Network of Implementing Development Agencies. Since, EUNIDA is established as an EEIG in Belgium, as the EU Network combining the EU Member States’ resources, expertise and implementing capacities. Today EUNIDA represents a total of 14 European Members States and has been designing and implementing capacity development programmes for the European Commission in sensitive policy areas such as security sector reform, public sector reform, health and education, migration and civil society development.

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  • Didier Reynders welcomes the announcement of Lebanon's new government

    16 Feb

    Like High Representative Catherine Ashton, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders welcomes the announcement of Lebanon’s new inclusive government and congratulates new Prime Minister Tamam Salam and all others who have worked relentlessly to achieve this.

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