HL Deb 25 June 1998 vol 591 cc42-3WA
Lord Avebury

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What were the key political messages taken to the Government of Rwanda by the European Union Troika ministerial visit of 2 to 5 June; and whether in particular they agreed to give technical help in locating the mobile transmitters used for broadcasts by the illegal Voix du Patriote. [HL2273]

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean

The EU Troika met President Bizimungu of Rwanda and Vice President Kagame on 2 June in Kigali. The key political messages, agreed among partners, included:

  • presentation of a new EU Common Position, which sets out the EU's commitment to help build a stable, prosperous and democratic Rwanda.
  • encouragement for progress towards democratisation, an end to conflict and the promotion and protection of human rights.
  • The EU's desire for a transparent policy dialogue between the Government of Rwanda and donors to help secure long-term, flexible assistance from the international community.

The specific matter of mobile transmitters used by the Voix du Patriote was not raised.

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