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Democratic Republic of Congo: Peace Keeping Operations

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will place in the Library copies of the reports submitted by the (a) United Kingdom and (b) EU to the Security Council Committee established pursuant to the Resolution 1736 (2006) on the action required under Clause 18 (a) of UNSCR 1737 with a view to implementing that resolution effectively. (136494)

The UK and EU reports on implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1737 (2006) have been circulated as UN documents to members of the UN Sanctions Committee. The Committee’s proceedings are closed and it is customary to respect the confidentiality of circulated documents. It would not therefore be appropriate to make the reports publicly available. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) informs Parliament annually of the domestic and EU legislative measures in force to implement sanctions. The next report is due in the autumn but a table showing these legislative measures is available on the FCO website at:

http://www.fco.gov.uk/Files/kfile/SANCTIONS%20REGIMES%20Oct%202006.pdf.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the current status is of the 2006 UN investigation into United Nations peacekeeping troops selling weapons to Congolese militia groups. (140186)

The UN Peacekeeping Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) has said that the allegations that peacekeepers based in the Ituri district were engaging in gold and weapons trafficking was brought to its attention in 2006. Following this, the UN’s Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS-Nairobi) initiated a full inquiry, independently from MONUC, in accordance with its mandate to investigate instances of serious misconduct.

The UN Secretary-General’s spokesperson stated on 23 May that the investigation is almost complete and that the final report is going through a quality control procedure. Upon completion of its investigation, OIOS will pass its report and recommendations to the UN Department of Peace Keeping Operations, for appropriate action with the troop contributing countries of the concerned contingent personnel.

The allegations are of concern, and it is entirely proper that they should be investigated in line with UN procedures. Officials in our Mission in New York are pressing the UN to complete their investigations as soon as possible.