HC Deb 03 June 1998 vol 313 c232W
16. Mr. McNulty

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps her Department is taking to support conflict prevention and peacebuilding in Rwanda. [42513]

Clare Short

The focus of the UK support programme for Rwanda has moved away from emergency interventions towards longer term rehabilitation efforts. In close collaboration with the Government, we are implementing a £25 million rehabilitation package targeted on key Government priorities. But we need to do more.

Donors and Government of Rwanda are meeting in Stockholm on 3 June under the chairmanship of the World Bank, to discuss Rwanda's long-term external financing needs and initiatives to address debt. My Department is attending the meeting and will be advocating the need for flexible long-term support underpinned by a deeper, more transparent policy dialogue with Government on issues related to Governance and human rights. We will announce a new 3 year financial commitment for Rwanda at the Stockholm meeting.