Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders had a working lunch at the Belgian residence in Abidjan with Leonard She Okitundu, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Republic of Congo, who since Monday is taking part in the preparatory meetings for the summit between the African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) in Ivory Coast.
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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo received today representatives of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO), among whom Mgr. Marcel Utembi, Archbishop of Kisangani and President of the CENCO.
At the initiative of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo, our country allocates an additional 6 million euros to the alarming humanitarian situation in the DRC. The Minister makes this announcement today in New York, at the occasion of a meeting with the UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region Said Djinnit and with UN humanitarian coordinator Mark Lowcock. Minister De Croo also asks the international community to make more humanitarian resources available to the DRC.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is shocked by the violent clashes between security forces and Burundese refugees which took place this 15 September in South Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. According to MONUSCO, these have caused the death of 36 Burundese refugees and of one Congolese officer. The Minister presents his most sincere condolences to the families of the victims.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders welcomes the adoption by the Human Rights Council, on June 23 2017, of a resolution on the human rights situation in Kasai, and the creation of a mission of inquiry by the High Commissioner for Human Rights of the United Nations. In particular, he welcomes the efforts of High Commissioner Zeid and the European Union to advance the cause of human rights through a consensual text. Although it does not include all the more ambitious proposals presented by the EU, the text presented is an undeniable step forward.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexand De Croo is worried about three recent cases of Ebola in the province of Bas-Uélé, a remote area in the Northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Our country closely follows the situation.
On Friday, 7 April, Bruno Tshibala has been appointed by President Kabila to serve as Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders takes note of this appointment which deviates from the letter and spirit of the New Year's Eve agreement that foresaw the appointment of a Prime Minister proposed by the ‘Rassemblement'. Like the European Union, Belgium is preoccupied by the fact that the transition authorities cannot count on the necessary broad support.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is outraged by the death of two members of the UN expert group in the Central Kasai province (Democratic Republic of the Congo) which had disappeared along with their Congolese escorts. He wishes to pay tribute to Michael Sharp and Zaida Catalan and their struggle for the defense of the United Nations values. He also expresses his condolences to their families, friends and colleagues.
This 23 March, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders has met the President of the Congolese National Episcopal Conference (CENCO) Mgr. Marcel Utembi and the Secretary-General, abbot Nshole. On 24 March, Minister Reynders met the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Maman Sidikou.
Belgium is deeply concerned with the disappearance of two members of the UN Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and of four Congolese support staff, last weekend in Kasai Central province. Five days after they were reported missing, Belgium calls on the Congolese authorities to use all possible means, with the support of MONUSCO, to find these persons.