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  • January 27: International Day in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

    27 Jan Press release

    On January 27, the International Day in Memory of the victims of the Holocaust takes place. During the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Belgium will pay particular attention to the commemoration of the victims of this atrocious genocide. In this camp, that stands as a symbol of the Holocaust, as well as in many other camps and on execution sites, the Nazis and their collaborators killed millions of people.

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  • Didier Reynders condemns murder of Japanese citizen Haruna Yukawa by ISIL

    26 Jan Press release

    The Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Didier Reynders is outraged by the abhorrent murder of Japanese hostage Haruna Yukawa by the terrorist and extremist organisation "Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL). The Minister expresses his condolences to the relatives of the victim and to the Japanese authorities.

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  • 150 years of friendship between Belgium and Japan - Results of the logo competition

    26 Jan Press release

    In 2016, Japan and Belgium will celebrate 150 years of diplomatic relations and friendship. In the run-up to this year of friendship, a public competition was held to select the official anniversary logo. The jury evaluated 187 entries. The winning design is the work of Ms. Ayaka YASHI, a 21 year-old student living in Osaka. The official logo of the anniversary will be used in communication regarding all the activities associated to the anniversary in the course of 2016.

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

    25 Jan Press release

    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 Press release

    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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