Communiqué on the occasion of the Brussels bombings

22 March 2016 | Corporate news
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The European Institute of the Mediterranean wants to make public its rejection and strong condemnation of the attacks that took place in the Belgian capital this morning.

At the same time, it expresses its condolences to the families of the victims as well as its solidarity with the neighbors of Brussels, the citizens of Belgium and the Belgian researchers and experts who collaborate with the research tasks of the IEMed.

For an institution such as the IEMed, with the mission of promoting, through dialogue and cooperation, peace, prosperity and the rapprochement of the peoples and cultures of the Mediterranean, the recourse to indiscriminate violence against civilians is unjustifiable.

It is the European Union’s own founding values, respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights that have been attacked today with the attacks in Brussels, the capital of the European institutions. Islamic State must be defeated in terms of security, but we must not forget that the phenomenon goes much further and has its roots in the entrenched conflicts in the Middle East. On the one hand, Europe, guided by its values, must offer a comprehensive program to prevent radicalization. And on the other hand, it must assume its responsibility, which it shares with other regional and international powers, to put an end once and for all to the violence that plagues the Middle East and feeds the terrorist monster.