HC Deb 14 March 2000 vol 346 c138W
29. Helen Jackson

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his steps to bring peace to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. [112897]

Mr. Hain

Bringing peace to DRC matters to Britain. That is why we are actively supporting the Lusaka Agreement. It provides a realistic peace formula. So our aim is to make it work and to keep DRC on the international agenda.

At the Security Council meetings in December and January, and in bilateral discussions with all those involved, I made clear that Britain would back all those determined to make Lusaka work: with finance, practical help, people on the ground and political support. I encouraged others to follow suit.

And if we all play our part in driving the process forward; if there is sustained international support; if the parties to the conflict work for peace, Lusaka can be implemented.

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