Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Didier Reynders and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo express their satisfaction with the conclusions adopted today by the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union regarding the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The International Human Rights Day will be celebrated this Sunday. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders underlines at this occasion that Belgium remains engaged for the universality of human rights.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders regrets with some bitterness of the decision of the American President to unilaterally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel. Belgian diplomacy, much as the rest of the world, had sent signals that this was not the right solution. This message was renewed when State Secretary Rex Tillerson was in Brussels this week.
A conference dedicated to the “Harmel Report” is taking place tomorrow at the Egmont Palace in Brussels. The Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs organizes the conference in collaboration with the Royal Institute for International Relations (Egmont Institute) at the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the report which was adopted in 1967. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders will open the conference, followed by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Minister of State Etienne Davignon, who was Pierre Harmel’s Head of Cabinet at the time.
The Ottawa Convention on the prohibition of anti-personnel mines celebrates its 20th anniversary. Its signing started indeed on the 3rd and 4th of December 1997 in Ottawa, Canada. Belgium was a pioneer in the fight against mines. Our country was the very first country worldwide to adopt a national legislation banning these weapons in 1995. The Brussels Declaration of June 1997 was a catalyst in the process of the adoption and signature of the Ottawa Convention.