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Democratic Republic of Congo

Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 25 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the implementation of the United Nations arms embargo on militia groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and if she will make a statement. (96187)

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) long and porous borders make full enforcement of the arms embargo very difficult But it has contributed to the containment of militia groups by preventing their regional backers from openly supplying them with weapons.

The embargo, together with the threat of the UN’s targeted sanctions, has also helped persuade some leaders of militia groups to turn themselves in, or to sign agreements with the Government of the DRC. Other instruments of pressure such as the UN Mission in the DRC have of course also contributed.