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Volume 449: debated on Monday 24 July 2006

23. To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps the Government are taking to promote peace and security in Africa. (87207)

The Government are supporting the building of African conflict prevention and conflict management capacity at continent, regional and national level, in line with our wider G8 and international commitments. A key aspect of this work is UK funding and technical support for the development of an African Peace and Security Architecture under the auspices of the African Union, enhancing the capacity of Africans to lead mediation and peacekeeping within their own continent. At regional level, the Government are supporting a range of political dialogues, security sector reform programmes and civil society building initiatives designed to improve stability and security. In addition, British forces are helping develop African peace support operations capacity and are directly supporting a number of peacekeeping missions in Africa.