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Uganda: Armed Conflict

Volume 479: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking against sources of funding for the Lord's Resistance Army, including from the Ugandan diaspora in the UK. (218298)

The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) is not a proscribed organisation in the UK or internationally and as such the Government are limited in what action they can take against those in the UK who support or profess membership of the LRA, if they have not broken British law.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the strengthening of the UN Mission in the Congo to act against the Lord's Resistance Army and its leader Joseph Kony. (218504)

We support a political solution to end the conflict between the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and the Government of Uganda. International backing for a peaceful solution will be vital.

UN Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 1794 in December 2007 renewed the mandate for the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) (MONUC). It included a call for militia groups present in eastern DRC, including the LRA, to lay down their arms. MONUC works alongside the Congolese armed forces to contain the threat of the LRA and ensure the protection of civilians.

We note the UN Secretary-General's analysis in his report of 3 July to the UNSC that a strengthening of MONUC's capacity would be required, should the mission be tasked beyond its current activities against the LRA. In its discussions with UNSC partners and the UN on the mandating of peacekeeping missions, the Government carefully weighs political needs and capacity and budgetary implications. We believe that MONUC has the necessary resources to fulfil its current mandated tasks.