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Democratic Republic of Congo: Security Guards

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which countries have taken the lead in security sector reform in Democratic Republic of Congo; and what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of the reforms initiated. (243156)

The UK with other donors, including the UN, the EU, EU member states, the US, China and South Africa, has contributed to security sector reform in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Progress in this area is essential to improving stability and human rights in DRC. Issues affecting security sector reform are complex, and will take time to resolve comprehensively. Much of the work is at an early stage, and it is not yet possible to judge its success. The UK is providing support in a number of areas including through the provision of an extensive security sector accountability programme and assistance to the justice sector.

The DRC authorities have demonstrated commitment to reform in a number of areas. We will continue to press for greater co-ordination of effort particularly to address deficiencies in army administration, to allow the army to function more effectively.