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Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions the Government have had with NATO partners on implementation of (a) a no-fly zone over Darfur, (b) targeted sanction on perpetrators of the violence in Darfur and (c) increasing areas where humanitarian programmes may operate in Darfur. (110235)

There have been no formal discussions in NATO forums concerning either a no-fly zone for Darfur or targeted sanctions. NATO has undertaken some relatively small-scale capacity building initiatives, such as staff capacity building, and provision of air lift to aid the African Union's roulement. HMG remain deeply concerned about the humanitarian situation in Darfur and, alongside NATO partners, continue to urge the Government of Sudan to accept United Nations assistance for the African Union Mission in Sudan, to honour the ceasefire, and to renew its political dialogue with rebel groups.