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Lord's Resistance Army

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Nicola Blackwood Nicola Blackwood Conservative, Oxford West and Abingdon

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions officials of his Department have had with their counterparts in the US administration on its announcement on sending armed military advisers to assist in the fight against the Lord's Resistance Army; and if he will make a statement.

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

Officials in my Department have had a number of discussions on this matter with their US counterparts, about the terms and the objectives of this deployment.

The UK welcomes and shares the commitment of the US to help bring the Lord's Resistance Army's (LRA) campaign of atrocities to a sustainable end, including through our support to the UN Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Disarmament, Demobilisation, Rehabilitation, Repatriation and Reconciliation programmes, and our significant humanitarian support to LRA affected areas. As an active member of the International Working Group (IWG) on the LRA, and through our work with partners at the UN Security Council, we are working to improve co-ordination of the international response, and ensure that civilians are afforded maximum protection.

We also call upon the remaining LRA fighters to surrender to local military forces, and for the UN to continue its work to return and reintegrate these fighters back into their home communities.

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