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Democratic Republic Of The Congo

Volume 410: debated on Monday 18 August 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on smuggling arms to rebel forces within the Congo from (a) Rwanda, (b) Angola and (c) Uganda. [130658]

[holding answer 17 September 2003]: We condemn the supply of arms to militia groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and continue to call for an end to all such support. UN Security Council Resolution 1493 (2003) introduced an arms embargo on eastern DRC and on armed groups not party to the main power-sharing agreement (signed in Pretoria in December 2002). The UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC) are mandated by the same resolution to report regularly to the Security Council on information concerning arms supplies.