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Democratic Republic of Congo: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on national caveats applicable to the operations of troops deployed with the UN peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and if he will make a statement. (240833)

Certain troop contributing countries to the UN peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of Congo have placed what the UN refers to as ‘theatre specific restrictions’ with regard to the geographical deployment of their troops and on mission chain of command. In my contacts with colleagues from troop contributing countries, I have encouraged them to be as flexible and responsive to the recent crisis as possible.