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International Conference on the Great Lakes Region

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance the Government is providing to the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR); and whether he has made a recent assessment of (a) the effects on the political situation in that region of the ICGLR and (b) merits of taking steps to seek to increase the effectiveness of the ICGLR. (297293)

The Government provided assistance, including funding, to establish the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) in 2004 as a vehicle for promoting dialogue and resolving conflict among member states. In late 2008 the ICGLR provided a forum for discussion between the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Rwanda, and their neighbours in the wider region, on the problems of the eastern DRC. The ICGLR can play a role as a facilitator in bringing the countries of the region together, but real progress depends on the will and commitment of the leaders of the countries involved.