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  • Didier Reynders condemns acts of violence in Nigeria

    08 May

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders has added his support to the complete condemnation of the increasing abductions and mass murders that are being carried out by armed Islamic group Boko Haram in Nigeria

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  • Belgium in 3 subsidiary organs of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations

    30 Apr

    The Economic and Social Council of the United Nations re-elected Belgium as member of the Commission on the Status of Women.

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  • The 2014 European elections, towards a democratic revolution?

    29 Apr

    The elections in May could have, for the first time ever, a decisive impact on the choice of the future President of the European executive. The Lisbon Treaty allows the European Parliament to ‘elect’ the President of the European Commission. We must seize the opportunity to turn the forthcoming elections into genuine ‘European’ elections (Free forum by Minister Didier Reynders).

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  • Didier Reynders calls for resumption of Middle East peace talks

    28 Apr

    As High Representative Catherine Ashton, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is extremely concerned by recent developments which could endanger the continuation of the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians beyond the original deadline of 29 April 2014 .

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  • Didier Reynders commemorates victims of Holocaust on Yom Hashoah

    28 Apr

    The annual commemoration day of Yom Hashoah Ve-Hagevurah is an opportunity to commemorate and pay tribute to the victims of the Holocaust and heroes of the resistance. During the Second World War, six million Jewish men, women and children were murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators purely and simply because they were born Jews. The tens of millions of other victims of the Second World War are also commemorated.

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  • Didier Reynders offers his condolences after train crash in Democratic Republic of Congo

    24 Apr

    It is with great sadness that Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders learned of the tragic train crash the day before yesterday in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The accident occurred on the Katongola Bridge, fifty kilometres from Kamina in the Katanga Province. The train derailed and dozens of people lost their lives. The train was travelling from Lubumbashi and was on its way to Mwene-Ditu in the province of East Kasai.

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  • Jane Goodall in Brussels on May 7

    22 Apr

    This year, the British primatologist Jane Goodall celebrates 80 years. For 60 years she has dedicated her work and life to protecting animals (especially chimpanzees) and their environment. The Jane Goodall Institute Belgium intends to honor the United Nations' messenger of peace at her next visit to Belgium. Come and celebrate her birthday on May 7 2014 at the Théâtre National in Brussels.

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  • Didier Reynders pleased with Ukraine agreement

    18 Apr

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is pleased with the agreement that was reached yesterday in Geneva between the EU, Ukraine, the US and Russia.

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  • Didier Reynders expresses his condolences following South Korean ferry disaster

    17 Apr

    It is with great sadness that Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders learned of the tragic shipwreck of the ferry Sewol off Byeongpoong island in South Korea. He offers his condolences to the parents of the many children as well as the families and friends of the victims. He hopes that there is a chance that more survivors can be saved.

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  • Didier Reynders condemns cowardly attack on Emmanuel de Mérode in DRC

    16 Apr

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders learned with dismay about the cowardly attack against Emmanuel de Mérode, Director of the Virunga National Park in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). De Mérode was shot and wounded in the afternoon of 15 April while on the road between Goma and Rumangabo in eastern DRC.

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