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Sudan: Peace Keeping Operations

Volume 459: debated on Monday 30 April 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans the Government has to contribute (a) personnel, (b) hardware and (c) finances to the hybrid force proposed for Darfur. (134943)

Discussions between the UN and African Union (AU) on a hybrid force for Darfur continue. The peacekeeping force is expected to be funded by UN assessed contributions, but the UN’s Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) has not yet issued a list of requirements for personnel and equipment. The UK contributes 7.8 per cent. of the UN assessed peacekeeping budget worldwide.

The UK fully supports the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) in its peacekeeping role in Darfur. DPKO has undertaken extensive planning for support to AMIS, with one UK military planner deployed to New York to assist. At UN request, MOD has provided two further officers to fill key appointments in the first (light support package) phase of UN deployments. They are now in Sudan. The UK is also considering a UN request to send another officer to DPKO to assist with preparations for the AU-UN hybrid force.

The Department will consider what further support can be provided when the plans for the hybrid force-are mature.