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Great Lakes

Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made with (a) disarmament, (b) demobilisation, (c) repatriation, (d) reintegration, (e) rehabilitation and (f) post-war reconstruction in the Great Lakes region of Africa. [113637]

Latest information available indicates that some 1,500 non-Congolese former combatants have been through the UN's Disarmament, Demobilisation, Repatriation, Reintegration and Rehabilitation (DDRRR) programme in the Democratic Republic of Congo and returned to Rwanda.

In Rwanda there is a continuing demobilisation and reintegration programme for ex-combatants from both the Rwandan army and rebel groups.

The UK is playing an active part within the international community in planning for post-war reconstruction in the Great Lakes region. On DDRRR specifically, we have contributed US$25 million to a Trust Fund administered by the World bank for DDRRR in the Great Lakes region. The UK has also contributed £5.5 million to the Rwandan Demobilisation and Reintegration Programme.