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Democratic Republic of Congo: War Crimes

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo on the arrest and transfer to the International Criminal Court of General Bosco Ntaganda. (317732)

We, along with our European counterparts, continue to press for Bosco Ntaganda to be handed over for trial by the International Criminal Court (ICC). The UK strongly supports the ICC and we welcome the Court’s investigations into events in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Conflict in the region has been marked by atrocities, and those responsible for them should be held to account.

Our ambassador in Kinshasa discussed the arrest warrant with the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for the DRC, Alan Doss. He received assurances that the UN mission would support the DRC Government in carrying out the warrant. He has also raised the question of Bosco Ntaganda’s position in meetings with the Foreign Minister. He has sought reassurances that Bosco Ntaganda will be handed over to the ICC at the earliest possible opportunity.