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Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of how the escalating tension between Sudan and Chad and the Central African Republic is affecting attempts to mediate the deployment of the proposed UN-African Union hybrid peacekeeping force. (113392)

I remain concerned about the ongoing violence in eastern Chad and in the Central African, both by armed groups spilling over the border from Darfur and by internal rebel groups in each country. We continue to call on the Governments of Sudan and Chad in particular to stop supporting each others’ rebels and to fulfil their obligations under the Tripoli Agreement.

President Bashir wrote to the UN Secretary General on 23 December to accept UN reinforcement of AMIS, as set out in the Conclusions of the African Union Peace and Security Council meeting of 30 November. We are pushing the UN to deliver its support as soon as possible. We will also continue to monitor the Sudanese Government’s actions closely to ensure they support AMIS’ actions and UN reinforcement.