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  • Didier Reynders pleased with humanitarian resolution from UN Security Council

    15 Jul

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is pleased that the UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a Resolution on 14 July regarding the humanitarian situation in Syria. The minister has emphasised that additional humanitarian aid must be provided to the Syrian population. The possibility of providing aid across land borders and conflict lines is also essential in this context. It is important that the UN can set up a monitoring system to regulate these procedures. Didier Reynders hopes that the facilities that the UN is to provide at four border crossings with Turkey, Iraq and Jordan will enable further humanitarian aid to be provided.

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  • Didier Reynders calls for restraint and calm in the Middle East

    09 Jul

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders remains very concerned by the deterioration of the situation in Israel and the Gaza Strip. He strongly condemns the rockets launched by armed groups, which are aimed indiscriminately at Israeli civilians, and he also regrets the civilian victims resulting from the Israeli response to these attacks.

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  • Didier Reynders condemns murder of young Palestinian in Jerusalem and calls for restraint

    03 Jul

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is concerned about the latest developments in Israel and the Palestinian Territories. He firmly condemns the murder yesterday of a young Palestinian in Jerusalem. The Minister expressed his condolences to the family and friends of the victim.

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  • Didier Reynders shocked by death of young abducted Israelis

    30 Jun

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders learned with horror and dismay about the death of three young Israelis who were abducted on 12 June. He expresses his condolences to the families of the children and to the Israeli people and authorities.

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  • Didier Reynders congratulates Jean-Claude Juncker

    27 Jun

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders warmly congratulates Jean-Claude Juncker on the proposal of appointment as President of the European Commission.

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  • Strategy Paper for the Belgian Fund for Food Security

    27 Jun

    The Belgian Fund for Food Security (BFFS) is a unique financing instrument that focuses on improving the food security of vulnerable populations in areas of Sub-Saharan Africa at great risk of food insecurity. The new Strategy Paper defines the BFFS' priority intervention areas and is in line with the mission and objectives of Belgian development cooperation.

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  • The European Council of the 26th and 27th of June

    26 Jun

    Today, Heads of State and of Government are gathering in Ypres to commemorate at the Menin Gate the centenary of the events that lead to the First World War. On the 27th of June , the European Council will meet as usual in Brussels.

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  • Didier Reynders congratulates Thorbjørn Jagland on re-election as Secretary-General of the Council of Europe

    24 Jun

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders congratulates Thorbjørn Jagland on his election as Secretary General of the Council of Europe. On 24 June, Mr Jagland got a large majority of the members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe behind him. He succeeds himself at the head of Europe's leading human rights organisation.

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  • Didier Reynders concerned by the sentencing of journalists in Egypt

    23 Jun

    Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Didier Reynders has learned with concern of the prison sentences of several journalists, including the Dutch journalist Rena Netjes, also correspondent for a major Belgian media outlet in Cairo.

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  • Maputo Summit on Anti-Personnel Mines

    20 Jun

    The 3rd Review Conference of the Ottawa Convention on the Prohibition of Anti-Personnel Mines will be held in Maputo from 23 to 27 June 2014.

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