HC Deb 12 February 1997 vol 290 c233W
33. Mr. Jon Owen Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has recently received regarding the situation in Zaire; and if he will make a statement. [13986]

Dr. Liam Fox

We remain gravely concerned by the situation in eastern Zaire, and remain in close contact with partners in the Security Council, the EU and in the region. We urge all parties to the conflict to call an immediate ceasefire and to enter into negotiations on a peaceful resolution. We welcome the appointment of Mohamed Sahnoun as UNSG's special representative for the Great Lakes. We will give full support to efforts by him and regional leaders, who most recently met in Pretoria on 28 and 29 January, to broker a settlement.