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Democratic Republic of Congo: Security

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 25 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to guarantee the security of the civilian Tutsi community of eastern DRC during and after the military operations in the area. (159696)

We continue to press the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for a peaceful solution to the crisis in the east of the country to avert further humanitarian suffering.

My noble Friend the Minister for Africa, Asia and the UN, the right hon. Lord Malloch-Brown, met a delegation of advisers to President Kabila in London on 13 September and spoke to President Kabila at the UN on 26 September. On both occasions he encouraged the Congolese Government to continue to look for a political solution to the problems affecting the east of the country rather than take a solely military approach, and to ensure the security of the local population.

The UK is the largest donor of humanitarian aid to DRC, which is helping to alleviate some of the impact on civilians of the current insecurity in the east.