Central Africa

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 14th March 2012.

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Photo of Adrian Sanders Adrian Sanders Liberal Democrat, Torbay

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support his Department has given to the authorities in Central African states to assist with the arrest of Joseph Kony.

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

Britain is an active member of the International Working Group on the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), and has the lead in the UN Security Council on LRA matters. We have used these positions to urge the UN missions in the region to co-ordinate better the international response to the LRA. This includes the production of a regional UN LRA strategy and the closer coordination of UN and African Union (AU) efforts. This has promoted dialogue amongst Central African states and their international partners on the best way to tackle the LRA, protect populations affected by their actions and bring Kony to justice.

The British Government support the recent efforts made by the AU to co-ordinate regional military efforts against the LRA, and the appointment of an AU Special Envoy on the LRA. The EU, with British contributions and support, has made a package of support available to the AU to help establish the Special Envoy's office and the co-ordination support it requires.

We have made significant contributions to UN programmes to disarm and demobilise LRA combatants and reintegrate them into their home communities. These programmes have helped to remove a steady stream of LRA combatants from the conflict.

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