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  • Didier Reynders offers his condolences following the passing away of Justin-Marie Bomboko, the first minister of Foreign Affairs of the Independent State of the Congo

    11 Apr Press release

    It is with great sadness that Vice-Premier and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders learned of the death of Justin-Marie Bomboko Lokumba, who passed away today in UCL Saint-Luc in Brussels. Bomboko, born in 1928, was together with Patrice Lumumba looked upon as the father of the Independent State of the Congo. He was co-signer of the Act of Independence of the Congo on 30 June 1960. Didier Reynders acknowledges the positive role played by Justin Bomboko during the tumultuous years following the country’s declaration of independence. For his role in that momentous event, he was in 1963 awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown.

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  • Commemoration for the Belgian victims of the Rwandan genocide: speech by Jean-Pascal Labille

    09 Apr Speech

    Speech by Minister Jean-Pascal Labille

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  • Commemoration ceremony at the Camp Kigali Memorial

    08 Apr Speech

    Speech of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders on the occasion of the commemoration ceremony at the Camp Kigali Memorial.

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  • Didier Reynders concluded the Brussels Genocide Prevention Conference today

    02 Apr Press release

    At the initiative of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium, Didier Reynders, an international conference was convened in Brussels on 31 March and on 1 April 2014 to determine ways and means to rid mankind of the scourge of genocides, the most serious violation of international humanitarian and human rights law. This was organized in cooperation with the African Union, the European Union and the United Nations.

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  • Didier Reynders congratulates new Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg

    31 Mar Press release

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders congratulates the former Norwegian Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg, on his appointment as the new Secretary General of NATO starting in October. His appointment comes at an important time marked by major challenges facing the alliance. Minister Reynders is confident that the new Secretary General, due to his long political and international experience, is the appropriate person to lead NATO. He wishes Jens Stoltenberg every success in his work. NATO may continue to rely on Belgium. Didier Reynders also thanks the current Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, for his many years of commitment.

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