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Democratic Republic of Congo: Armed Conflict

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had with the government of (a) the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and (b) Rwanda regarding the joint military operation involving their two countries in the East of the DRC; and if he will make a statement. (255053)

British officials have met senior representatives of the governments of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda recently to discuss the ongoing military operations in eastern DRC. We have made clear our support for improved co-operation between the governments, and urged greater involvement by the UN in planning military action to ensure civilian protection is in place and human rights are upheld. The presence of the Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda (FDLR) militia is one of the fundamental causes of the instability in DRC. We welcome the commitment of the governments of DRC and Rwanda to addressing this.