Skip to main content

Darfur: Military Aircraft

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the effects on the (a) humanitarian and (b) security situation in Darfur of the implementation of a no-fly-zone in Darfur. (125698)

The situation in Darfur is totally unacceptable, the overall security situation is poor, and humanitarian access is precarious. We would need to take careful account of the effects on the humanitarian and security situation in Darfur of any measure such as sanctions or a no-fly-zone that we sought to impose with respect to that territory.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what preparations the Government are making with NATO allies for the implementation of a no-fly-zone in Darfur. (125696)

The Government of Sudan have consistently failed to protect their citizens in Darfur. The time has come to apply tough measures against them. We are working on the extension of the UN arms embargo on Darfur to the whole of Sudan and the imposition of further sanctions against individuals in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 1591 (2005). We would consider further measures, such as a no-fly-zone, if the Government of Sudan continued to defy the will of the international community. We are discussing with close allies what we would do in this eventuality.