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Uganda

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 10 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the Ugandan Government's resettlement plan for internally-displaced people; and if he will make a statement. (89573)

The Government of Uganda have developed an Emergency Action Plan, which is intended to improve the humanitarian situation over a six month period, and they have also recently circulated a draft peace recovery and development plan covering a three year period. Both plans include the resettlement of internally displaced persons.

Donors (including DFID) and UN agencies continue to have extensive discussions with the Government of Uganda on the details of these plans, including resettlement. We greatly welcome the fact that it is possible for people to return home, and donors have made it clear to the Government that we are willing to provide assistance to help ensure that this is successful. In our discussions with the Government, however, we do continue to stress the importance of ensuring that resettlement is voluntary, and done in full consultation with displaced people themselves.

We have also made sure that the humanitarian aid we are providing in 2006-07 (including £7 million to the World Food Programme, £1.3 million to UNICEF and £800,000 to the Red Cross) can be used to improve conditions in the camps where this is required, and also to provide support to people returning home in other areas as the situation permits.