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UK opposes Congo park oil exploration

Wednesday - 9/26/2012, 11:07am  ET

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - The British government has come out against a plan in which a British firm will explore for oil in Congo, in Africa's oldest national park.

"The UK opposes oil exploration within Virunga National Park, a World Heritage site listed by UNESCO as being `in danger.' We have informed SOCO and urge the Government of DR Congo to fully respect the international conventions to which it is a signatory," the British Foreign Office said in a statement Wednesday.

The Congo government recently authorized the British firm SOCO to explore for oil in Virunga, home to more than 200 gorillas.

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