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Sudan: Peace Negotiations

Volume 459: debated on Monday 30 April 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has (a) made to and (b) received from the Government of Sudan and the Government of South Sudan on the implementation of the revenue sharing commitments made in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. (134944)

We continue to urge the joint North-South Government of National Unity to implement the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in full. This was a key message for our intervention at the Sudan Consortium in Khartoum (19-21 March). The UK is also a member of the Assessment and Evaluation Commission (AEC). The AEC is tasked with monitoring CPA implementation and has four sub groups including one focused on wealth sharing. It is the main mechanism for dialogue between the international community and the CPA parties, and meets every month. We also engage both parties regularly on all elements of CPA implementation, including wealth sharing, through our bilateral representation in Khartoum and Juba.

On wealth sharing, I note that over US$1.8 billion of national oil revenue has been transferred to the Government of Southern Sudan. The Fiscal and Financial Monitoring and Allocation Commission has also begun work on determining the division of revenues between the different tiers of government. But much more needs to be done.