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Sudan

Volume 450: debated on Friday 20 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps are being taken by his Department to tackle sexual violence in Darfur. (93073)

I refer the hon. Member to the answers provided by my right hon. Friend the Minister for Trade to Parliamentary Questions 93519 and 93529 (12 October 2006).

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what is the current level of UK funding to the African Union mission in Darfur . (96419)

The UK is a leading supporter of the African Union (AU) Mission in Darfur (AMIS). We were its first donor, and have to date provided £52 million of assistance. This includes a contribution of £20 million in the current financial year. This is being used for budgetary support, to fund military observers, and to airlift AU troops to and from Darfur. Following the AU’s decision to extend AMIS’s mandate to 31 December, we are now looking to see what else we can provide.