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Testimony of Jendayi E. Frazer Assistant Secretary Bureau of African Affairs

October 24, 2007

Exploring the U.S. Role in Consolidating Peace and Democracy in the Great Lakes Region

I would like to thank you, Chairman Feingold and members of the Committee for inviting me to testify here today on the situation in the African Great Lakes. Mr. Chairman, I appreciate the concern and interest you personally have shown by your travel to the region last August. I share your concern that the continuing instability and the recent spike in violence in parts of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has forced hundreds of thousands of Congolese from their homes and many of them to seek refuge in neighboring states. We are keenly aware of the urgency of the situation in eastern Congo, including the potential impact of that situation on Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. I would like to brief you on our efforts to resolve it, including intensive engagement with key regional leaders in the field, in New York during the recent General Debate of United National General Assembly and upcoming discussions here in Washington.

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