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Volume 458: debated on Thursday 29 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports she has received on the recent use of air attacks by the Sudanese airforce on civilian targets in Darfur; and what progress has been made with her discussions with allies on introducing and enforcing a no-fly zone in Darfur. (129876)

The most recent aerial bombardment we are aware of in Darfur was on 11 February. This was reported by the African Union Mission in Sudan. We have condemned the Sudanese Government for mounting this attack. Although we are not aware of any aerial bombardments since then, the Government of Sudan retains the capacity to mount future bombing raids.

We believe the UN Security Council should impose further measures on those responsible for violating UN Security Council Resolution 1591. In particular, we are pressing for improved monitoring of offensive military flights in and over the Darfur region. We will be taking this forward with our Security Council partners in the coming days. We continue to consider the possibility of imposing a No Fly Zone.