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Democratic Republic of Congo Officials (UK Travel)

Volume 450: debated on Friday 20 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent advice her Department has offered to officials from the Democratic Republic of Congo planning to travel in the UK following the recent assault in London on Mr Okitundu, Chief of Staff to President Kabila. (95475)

We have offered no specific advice to visiting Congolese officials nor has any advice been requested. However, we have remained in contact on this issue with both the Democratic Republic of Congo Embassy in London and the Congolese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kinshasa. My noble Friend the Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Lord Triesman of Tottenham, has written to President Kabila to underline our concern over this incident. We understand that police investigations are continuing.