Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
Henry Bellingham (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs; North West Norfolk, Conservative)
The British Government support the recent efforts made by the African Union (AU) to coordinate regional military efforts against the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), and the appointment of an AU Special Envoy on the LRA. The EU, with British contributions and support, made a package available to the AU to help establish the Special Envoy's office.
Britain is an active member of the International Working Group, and has the lead in the UN Security Council on LRA matters. We have used these positions to urge the UN missions in the region to coordinate better the international response to the LRA. This includes the production of a regional UN LRA strategy and the closer coordination of UN and AU efforts. This has promoted dialogue among Central African states and their international partners on the best way to tackle the LRA, protect populations affected by their actions and bring Kony to justice.
We have made significant contributions to UN programmes to disarm and demobilise LRA combatants and reintegrate them into their home communities. These programmes have helped to remove a steady stream of LRA combatants from the conflict.