Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 6th September 2013.

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Photo of Tom Blenkinsop Tom Blenkinsop Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) Rwanda and (b) Democratic Republic of Congo about the alleged shelling of Rwandan territory.

Photo of Mark Simmonds Mark Simmonds The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Since the outbreak of the recent fighting in eastern DRC, I have spoken to both the Special Representative of the Secretary General and the UN Special Envoy, to express the UK's full support for the UN and MONUSCO and to de-escalate the situation.

In close co-ordination with the UN, I have also spoken to both the DRC Prime Minister and the Rwandan Foreign Minister to get their perspective on the recent violence in DRC. I have urged both parties to exercise restraint, seek a political solution to the conflict, and engage constructively with the UN.

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