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Democratic Republic of the Congo

Volume 460: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

7. To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the outcomes of his recent visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (136211)

During my visit I met President Kabila, Prime Minister Gizenga and others. I expressed deep concern about the recent fighting in Kinshasa and Bas Congo: Congolese politicians need to embrace democracy, not confrontation and violence. I pressed for renewed commitment to democracy, progress on security sector reform and enforcement of the moratorium on new logging concessions.

At Panzi hospital in Eastern DRC, I met rape victims aged just 4 and 7. I was moved by the hospital staff’s determination to make a difference. DFID’s task is to support such efforts to help poor people and sustain peace in DRC.