asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the agreement with the Government of the Republic of Congo to allow the deployment of British forces for the possible evacuation of British citizens from the Democratic Republic of Congo; and on what assessment of the peace process in the Democratic Republic of Congo this agreement was reached. [HL1618]
The agreement signed with the Republic of Congo on 22 January 2008 is intended to facilitate the evacuation of British nationals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the event of a crisis. The UK entered into the agreement as a routine precaution. It forms part of the consular contingency plan of our embassy in Kinshasa and is not connected with efforts to end the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
We will consult the Government of the Republic of Congo as to whether they are content for a copy of the agreement to be placed in the Library of the House.