HL Deb 03 February 2005 vol 669 c55WA
Lord Steel of Aikwood

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What steps they are taking to join with European partners to assist in timely, free and fair presidential elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo. [HL1001]

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean

The UK, in conjunction with other major donors, continues to support the transitional Government's efforts to prepare for free and fair elections within the timescale laid out in the peace accords. We have announced a £5 million financial contribution to the United Nations-administered trust fund to support the process. The European Commission has pledged 80 million euros, and at least six other EU partners have also made substantial pledges.