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Democratic Republic of the Congo: Arms Control

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 12th May 2011.

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Photo of Jeremy Corbyn Jeremy Corbyn Labour, Islington North

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department takes to monitor the (a) supply of arms to and (b) use of arms by militia and other non-state groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Photo of Henry Bellingham Henry Bellingham The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The UK is a strong supporter of the UN arms embargo and other measures to restrict the supply of arms to militias operating in the country. The arms embargo was renewed on 30 November 2009 under UN Resolution 1896. This resolution also backed a sanctions regime to provide for measures against individuals or entities supporting illegal armed groups.

Under UN Resolution 1896, the Group of Experts is mandated to investigate breaches of the arms embargo and support to illegal armed groups. The Group of Experts produces an annual report which is used as a basis for determining which individuals could be designated for sanctions. We have stayed in touch with the Group of Experts and have offered as much support to them as possible.

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