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Sudan: Sanctions

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what measures are part of the Plan B package of sanctions against the Government of Sudan; and if she will make a statement; (125699)

(2) what discussions she has had with her (a) US, (b) EU and (c) African Union counterpart on the Plan B sanctions against the Government of Sudan; what the outcome was of these discussions; and if she will make a statement.

The situation in Darfur is totally unacceptable. The Government of Sudan and rebel groups are regularly violating the ceasefire, as well as various UN Security Council Resolutions.

The UK has consistently made clear that tougher measures should follow if the Government of Sudan and rebel groups fail to abide by their commitments. We believe the time has now come to act. We want to see the UN’s arms embargo on Darfur extended to the whole of Sudan and sanctions imposed on a further set of individuals in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 1591 (2005). We are pressing other members of the Security Council to agree these measures and have already made the case for them with our EU partners. Following our lobbying, the EU’s General Affairs and External Relations Council meeting on 5 March agreed strong conclusions supporting the need for further action from the UN Security Council.