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  • Statement of the International Envoys to the Great Lakes Region on the Situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

    23 Jan

    The Team of International Envoys for the Great Lakes region express their deep concern about recent violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). They further express their deepest condolences to the families of the victims. The Envoys call on the Government to exercise restraint, to maintain open political space and allow for peaceful expression of opinion. The Envoys condemn any use of force against peaceful, unarmed demonstrators and arbitrary arrests. The Envoys further note that all citizens, including demonstrators and their leaders, have a responsibility to pursue political objectives by non-violent means in conformity with relevant national laws.

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  • Didier Reynders welcomes the Action Plan between the Council of Europe and Ukraine 2015-2017

    22 Jan

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders, in his capacity as Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, welcomes the approval yesterday by the Committee of Ministers of the Action Plan elaborated between the Council of Europe and Ukraine for the period 2015-2017.

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  • Didier Reynders welcomes the Action Plan between the Council of Europe and Ukraine 2015-2017

    22 Jan

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders, in his capacity as Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, welcomes the approval yesterday by the Committee of Ministers of the Action Plan elaborated between the Council of Europe and Ukraine for the period 2015-2017.

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  • Didier Reynders concerned on violent demonstrations in Kinshasa

    20 Jan

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders noted with concern the violent demonstrations that took place in Kinshasa and in other cities of the country, on the occasion of the adoption by the Parliament of the new electoral law. The Minister calls on all parties for calm and restraint.

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  • B-FAST mission stays one month longer in Guinea

    19 Jan

    The B-FAST Coordination Council last week decided to prolong the mission of the B-FAST team in Guinea with one month. On 18 January, a second team traveled to Guinea to take over from the first team, that is there since 20 December and that will return back to Belgium in a few days. The team operates in good logistical and security conditions, and has an excellent cooperation with the local authorities.

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  • Speech by Minister Reynders on the priorities of the Belgian diplomacy

    16 Jan

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders received on 16 January the diplomatic corps (bilateral embassies in Brussels).

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  • Launch of the European Year for Development in Brussels, on January 17

    14 Jan

    On January 17, the European Year for Development (EYD) will be launched in Brussels. Under the motto "Our world, our dignity, our future", 2015 will become a special year, in which the development cooperation of the EU and its Member States will be presented to the European public. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo underlines the importance of increasing support in Belgium and Europe for the development agenda.

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  • 2015-2024, International Decade for People of African Descent

    12 Jan

    The United Nations have proclaimed 2015-2024 as the decade dedicated to people of African descent. These people's rights are too often denied, with many having little or no access to education and social security.

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  • Launch of the European Year for Development in Riga

    09 Jan

    Today, on 9 January, the European Year for Development (EYD) is launched in Riga, Latvia. Under the motto "Our world, our dignity, our future", 2015 will become a special year, in which the development cooperation of the EU and its Member States will be presented to the European public. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo underlines the importance of increasing support in Belgium and Europe for the development agenda.

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  • Joint visit of Deputy Prime Ministers Reynders and De Croo to Rwanda

    08 Jan

    On Thursday 8 January in Kigali, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo agreed with the Rwandan authorities to establish a permanent political dialogue to strengthen bilateral relations and to build a mature and stable friendship. Such a permanent dialogue will make better consultations possible on issues such as the political space, the role of civil society, freedom of expression and pluralism.

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