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Democratic Republic Of Congo

Volume 403: debated on Tuesday 8 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment her Department has made of the reoccupation of Bunia in the Democratic Republic of Congo by Ugandan troops; what talks her Department has had with the Rwandan Government in relation to the possibility that it may launch a new offensive in the DRC; and if she will make a statement. [107546]

We are deeply concerned about the Ugandan occupation of Bunia on 6 March and have told the Government of Uganda in the clearest terms that it should withdraw its army from Ituri immediately. We have also urged restraint on Rwanda in strong terms.