Belgian news in brief, 18 July 2006

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De Gucht to meet Rice in US, Foreign Minister Karel De Gucht will discuss the Mid-East crisis with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Wednesday. De Gucht is visiting the US as chairman of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). It looms as a "frank" conversation given De Gucht's frustration that the EU has failed to moderate Israel's actions. He was also disappointed about the difficulty of talks with Israeli authorities and troubles in evacuating foreigners from Lebanon.

De Gucht to meet Rice in US

Foreign Minister Karel De Gucht will discuss the Mid-East crisis with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Wednesday. De Gucht is visiting the US as chairman of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). It looms as a "frank" conversation given De Gucht's frustration that the EU has failed to moderate Israel's actions. He was also disappointed about the difficulty of talks with Israeli authorities and troubles in evacuating foreigners from Lebanon.

Darfur conference in Brussels

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan attended the opening of the International Darfur Conference in Brussels on Tuesday. The UN invited the US, EU countries and the Sudanese government to the conference. Annan and EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said it is important that the international community does not to forget the Darfur crisis and urged for greater commitment to resolving the situation.

Belgian among tsunami victims

The Indonesian Health Ministry has said a Belgian national was among the five foreigners killed in the earthquake-trigged tsunami on Monday. But the Belgian Foreign Ministry said the Belgian was only injured. Among the foreigners are reportedly three Dutch nationals, plus a Swedish and Pakistani victim. The total death toll has risen to 343 and 136 people are still missing.

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