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Un Personnel (Congo)

Volume 406: debated on Wednesday 11 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UN personnel are in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; how many more are due to be sent there; and under whose command they will operate. [117696]

The information is not readily available in the format requested. However, the UN Security General's report on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) dated 27 May, outlined a current mandate of 7,800 personnel and requested an increase to 10,800 in the coming months, to facilitate the additional requirement in Ituri.In addition the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1484 of 30 May authorised an Interim Emergency Multinational Force to help stabilise the situation in the town of Bunia in Ituri, pending the deployment of additional forces by the UN. This should be an ESDP operation with France as framework nation.