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Democratic Republic of Congo: Peacekeeping Operations

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 18th June 2009.

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Photo of Mark Oaten Mark Oaten Liberal Democrat, Winchester

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's latest assessment is of whether the full military and police components mandated for MONUC will be put in place.

Photo of Ivan Lewis Ivan Lewis Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

The additional infantry, engineers, special forces and police mandated for the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) by the UN Security Council in Resolution 1843 have been identified. The UN Secretariat and troop contributing countries are making advanced preparations for their deployment, which they hope will take place in the next few months. Several member states have expressed interest in providing the 200 military trainers mandated, but at present the concept for their use is still being developed by the UN Secretariat. However, the UN Secretariat has had few offers so far for additional aircraft and intelligence equipment.

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