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Volume 453: debated on Monday 27 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the likely impact on international aid projects in the region of the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force due to enter Darfur; and if he will make a statement. (102314)

It is crucial that the arrangements for the AU-UN joint peace keeping force for Darfur are fully agreed by the Government of Sudan. They also need to agree the other elements of the conclusions of the Addis Ababa meeting, including a ceasefire and the resumption of the political process in Darfur.

The planned UN reinforcement of AMIS, of which the hybrid force is the third stage, should provide much needed increased security and protection for millions of civilians. It should also provide the conditions necessary to enable the international humanitarian agencies reach the people who are in desperate need of assistance.