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Democratic Republic of Congo

Volume 716: debated on Wednesday 27 January 2010

Question

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the numbers displaced by the conflict in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of Congo; and what assessment they have made of the capacity of the United Nations agencies, including peace-keeping forces, to respond. [HL911]

The United Nations (UN) estimates that over 1.5 million people are currently displaced as a result of the conflict in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). There are approximately two million internally displaced people across the DRC.

The Government consider the UN’s capacity to respond, including that of the peacekeeping force, to be reasonable. Major loss of life due to displacement has been averted.