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Democratic Republic of Congo: Politics and Government

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had on the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and if he will make a statement. (166026)

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary discussed events in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) at a meeting with the European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid on 20 September, and at a meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the permanent members of the UN Security Council on 28 September, as well as with President Kagame of Rwanda on 3 October. The DRC was also considered at the EU General Affairs and External Relations Council in July and October.

During the UN General Assembly’s Ministers’ Week, my noble Friend the Minister for Africa, Asia and the UN, the right hon. Lord Malloch-Brown, met President Kabila and representatives of the P3+2 group on 26 September. He discussed the DRC at meetings with President Kagame on 3 October and the Belgian Foreign Minister on 14 November as well as with the Rt. Rev. Lord Bishop of Winchester on 9 October and the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Great Lakes Region of Africa on 6 November.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials attended meetings of the International Contact Group on the Great Lakes in Brussels on 21 September and in Washington on 16 November.