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Republic Of The Congo: Policy

Volume 593: debated on Thursday 3 September 1998

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asked Her Majesty's Government:What is their reaction to the "white book"

Civil Wars in Congo Brazzaville handed to them by the Foreign Minister of that country on his recent visit to London; and what is their policy on future relations with the Republic of the Congo. [HL3076]

We have read with interest the white book, handed to the Foreign Office on 30 June 1998 by Mr. Adada. This claims that former President Pascal Lissouba was guilty of genocide during the 1997 civil war in the Republic of the Congo. We have seen no independent evidence to that effect.We have diplomatic relations with the Republic of the Congo. We remain concerned at the reliance of Congolese authorities on the continued presence of foreign forces in the Republic of the Congo. We will continue to press for the return to an inclusive democracy that allows all the key players to participate.