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12 November 2008

UK must help Congo

In response to the escalating conflict in Democratic Republic of Congo, John Barrett, MP for Edinburgh West, yesterday called on the Foreign Secretary to take action to avoid a repetition of the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

John Barrett, who is member of the All Party Group on the region, raised the issue in Parliament with Foreign Secretary, David Miliband MP, and called for the UK to take the lead in protecting the millions of people affected by the conflict in the east of DRC.

John Barrett said:

“It is clear that MONUC (the UN’s mission to DRC) does not have a grip on the situation in DRC. More troops must be sent to bolster MONUC’s presence.

“Over 250,000 people have fled from eastern DRC and are suffering from disease, hunger and are under fire from the fighting. We cannot just stand by and let this happen.

“The UK has a responsibility to use its international weight to protect the civilians in DRC. 800,000 people were massacred in the Rwandan genocide of 1994. The UK must do all it can to make this never happens again.”

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