In view of the international discussions which will take place from 25 to 29 March in Geneva, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Defence Didier Reynders reiterates the important commitment of Belgium to prevent the introduction of new “autonomous” weapons systems which pose a real humanitarian and ethical problem.
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From 29 May to 1 June, Belgium hosts the 2nd meeting of the UN working group to prepare standards to counter Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) at the Egmont Palace in Brussels. The meeting is organised jointly by the FPS Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defence. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and Defence Minister Steven Vandeput stress the significant Belgian contribution to this very important fight. In recent conflicts, IEDs have been used increasingly indiscriminately against civilians, humanitarian workers and peace-keepers.