Reynders wants to boost francophone spirits

16th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

16 November 2007, BRUSSELS – Liberal party MR leader Didier Reynders has invited the leaders of the francophone parties to the Parliament of the French community. His aim is to determine a common strategy after the decision by Flemish Interior Minister Marino Keulen to reject the candidacy of three francophone mayors in municipalities with francophone facilities, Reynders says. "Emotions must calm down on the francophone side," he says.

16 November 2007

BRUSSELS – Liberal party MR leader Didier Reynders has invited the leaders of the francophone parties to the Parliament of the French community. His aim is to determine a common strategy after the decision by Flemish Interior Minister Marino Keulen to reject the candidacy of three francophone mayors in municipalities with francophone facilities, Reynders says. "Emotions must calm down on the francophone side," he says.

The leader of the francophone liberals says that he has gathered the French speakers around the table "a number of times," but that this time he expects that "everyone will calm down." "I did not see why I should convene the French-speaking leaders in the climate I felt on television last Sunday," Reynders said.

Reynders is "surprised at the absurd and overly aggressive outbursts" from Walloon minister André Antoine. Reynders also said he did not want to engage in any talks on Brussels-Halle-Vilvoorde without the appointment of the mayors in Linkebeek, Wezembeek-Oppem and Kraainem.

On radio station Bel-RTL he added that the municipal councils of the three municipalities "must convene again and nominate the same mayors. There is no reason why mayors who respect the law should not clearly be appointed," he said.

The MR leader also added that "there will always be state reform, but this should take place in a balanced manner and in consensus: it cannot take place against the will of a community, part of a community or certain residents."

"But there will be no accord whatsoever on any element of state reform unless the climate cools down." Reynders expects the speakers of the upper and lower houses of the Parliament, Herman Van Rompuy and Armand De Decker, to propose "something adequately strong and symbolic…a dialogue that reaches beyond the boundaries of majority and opposition, but that does not necessarily involve a debate on the details of all stipulations which could be discussed."

The liberal leader will not participate in a demonstration for the unity of Belgium on Sunday.  He does not feel it is his role to do so. He says a government before Christmas is possible, but "it has had a bad start," he adds.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

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