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  • Belgian Presidency of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention – Address to the Conference on Disarmament

    03 Mar

    Belgian Presidency of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention – Address to the Conference on Disarmament.

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  • Speech of Minister De Croo at the conference "Ebola: from Emergency to Recovery"

    03 Mar

    Speech of Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo at the conference "Ebola: from Emergency to Recovery".

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  • High Level Segment of the Human Rights Council - Statement by Minister Reynders

    02 Mar

    High Level Segment of the Human Rights Council - 28th Session, Geneva, March 2, 2015 - Statement by the Deputy Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium, Didier Reynders.

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  • Didier Reynders condemns the murder of Boris Nemtsov

    28 Feb

    The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is shocked by the murder of Boris Nemtsov in the heart of Moscow last night. He condemns this act. Boris Nemstov was a fervent advocate of the fight against corruption and organiser of peaceful marches against the war in Ukraine.

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  • Didier Reynders calls on Russia to release Nadia Savchenko and other Ukrainian citizens

    27 Feb

    The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is concerned about Nadia Savchenko, who started a hunger strike eleven weeks ago to protest against her detention in Russia. The health of Mrs. Savchenko is rapidly deteriorating. Just like any other person under the jurisdiction of a member state of the Council of Europe, Mrs. Savchenko should benefit from the guarantees offered by the relevant instruments of the Council of Europe, in particular the European Convention on Human Rights. Abduction, illegal transfer and illegal detention of persons are unacceptable.

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  • Didier Reynders calls on Russia to release Nadia Savchenko and other Ukrainian citizens

    27 Feb

    The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is concerned about Nadia Savchenko, who started a hunger strike eleven weeks ago to protest against her detention in Russia. The health of Mrs. Savchenko is rapidly deteriorating. Just like any other person under the jurisdiction of a member state of the Council of Europe, Mrs. Savchenko should benefit from the guarantees offered by the relevant instruments of the Council of Europe, in particular the European Convention on Human Rights. Abduction, illegal transfer and illegal detention of persons are unacceptable.

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  • Didier Reynders and Alexander De Croo in the DRC

    26 Feb

    The Deputy Prime Ministers Didier Reynders and Alexander De Croo, respectively Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Development Cooperation, met with members of the government, the opposition and the civil society during their joint mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), from 21 to 25 February 2015, in Kinshasa and Goma (North Kivu).

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  • Collect data by mobile phone: a first for our projects in Congo

    23 Feb

    In the last quarter of 2014 BTC tried out a new means for collecting data in the Congo (Democratic Republic) by using, for the first time in this country, mobile technology for a survey among 700 households in 35 villages of the Eastern Kasai province.

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  • UN experts panel on the future of peace operations gathers in Brussels

    20 Feb

    The European regional consultation of the United Nations experts panel on peace operations was held today at the Egmont Palace in Brussels. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders opened the discussions. José Ramos-Horta, Chairman of the Panel and former President of East Timor, gave an opening speech. Experts from European governments, the European Union and think tanks took part in the discussions.

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  • Ebola Response: B-Fast returns from Guinea, but Belgium continues support for Guinea

    18 Feb

    On 24 February, the B-Fast team returns from Guinea, but Belgium continues to support Guinea in the fight against Ebola. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo granted extra financing to keep the B-Life laboratory in Guinea, and to ensure that it continues to function. The European Commission (DG ECHO) also contributes to the funding. A team of 4 members of the CTMA (Center for Applied Molecular Technologies), three officers of the Belgian Civil Protection and two members of Defence will continue to support the work of the laboratory. This last mission is organized by the General Directorate Civil Protection (Ministry of Interior) at the request of the European Union and the Guinean authorities.

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