Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11th November 1996.

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Photo of Liam Fox Liam Fox Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) 12:00 am, 11th November 1996

Late this morning, the first convey got through to Goma. Perhaps it would help the hon. Gentleman and the House if I explained briefly the aims of the Government's policy. A central part of our policy must be the voluntary repatriation of Rwandan refugees. We must work with Governments in the region, not attempt to impose a settlement. If an intervention force is required, we believe that it would be preferable if it were organised under the auspices of the United Nations. We wonder about the time scale, because there is a humanitarian crisis. We will have more information this evening when we get reports from the non-governmental organisations that are in Goma. The lack of information is hampering our ability to make plans at the moment.