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  • Didier Reynders welcomes the consensus on the electoral reform bill in the DRC

    25 Jan

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders welcomes the spirit of conciliation and dialogue that prevailed between the different political actors after the recent violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He welcomes the consensus reached by the National Assembly and the Senate, who chose to preserve social peace by withdrawing from the electoral reform bill a clause under which a national census would have to be completed before the next presidential and parliamentary elections.

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  • Didier Reynders on the situation in eastern Ukraine

    25 Jan

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is shocked by the murderous and destructive impact of the recent armed violence on the civilian population in eastern Ukraine. Never before in this conflict have the commitments made by the parties concerned been so removed from reality on the ground.

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  • Didier Reynders on the situation in eastern Ukraine

    25 Jan

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is shocked by the murderous and destructive impact of the recent armed violence on the civilian population in eastern Ukraine. Never before in this conflict have the commitments made by the parties concerned been so removed from reality on the ground.

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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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