June 4, 2003 (37th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Keith Martin

Canadian Alliance

Mr. Keith Martin (Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca, Canadian Alliance)

Mr. Speaker, the Secretary of State for Africa said that the Congo is the most serious political and humanitarian crisis in Africa. He is right. This is a genocide. Three and a half million people have been killed. This weekend, another 350 were hacked to death. Rape is endemic, anarchy rules, and in fact most of the killers are actually children under the age of 16.
Uganda, Rwanda, Zimbabwe and other countries support this conflict, and international corporations are prepared to pillage the resources of this country and turn a blind eye to the atrocities. This cannot continue.
Canada must wake up and call for a large, international peacemaking force with aggressive rules of engagement and massive humanitarian assistance for medication and food, and it must stop all government to government assistance to Rwanda, Uganda and other countries supporting this conflict.
We ignored the genocide in Rwanda. Will we ignore the genocide in the Congo?

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Foreign Affairs
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