John O'Shea of Goal has called on the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Brian Cowen, to visit the Congo to witness what he described as the worst humanitarian disaster in decades.

According to the International Committee of the Red Cross around 4 million people have died from violence and disease in the Congo over the past five years.

Mr O'Shea told a meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs this afternoon that it should end its aid to Uganda until they stop supporting groups in the Congo who are involved in humanitarian abuses.

However the former Junior Minister with responsibility for Overseas Aid, Liz O'Donnell, told the Committee that Ireland can be proud of its role in Africa and that no money is going for weapons in the Congo.