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Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 29th June 2005.

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Photo of Mark Simmonds Mark Simmonds Shadow Minister (International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance the Government provides to the Regional Peace Initiative for Burundi; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Ian Pearson Ian Pearson Minister of State (Trade), Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Minister of State (Trade), Department of Trade and Industry

The Regional Peace Initiative for Burundi (RPI) is chaired by Ugandan President Museveni and comprises representatives of the Governments of Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa and Tanzania. The Government of Burundi, the African Union and the UN are party to its discussions. It meets on an ad hoc basis.

The UK and EU partners provide political support to the RPI, and provide development support to Burundi in order to help it carry out the recommendations of the RPI. Total UK development assistance to Burundi in financial year 2005–06 will be around £10 million.

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