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Sudan: Internally Displaced Persons

Volume 459: debated on Thursday 3 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance he is (a) providing and (b) planning for policing in the internally displaced people's camps in Darfur. (135514)

Under the Darfur Peace Agreement, responsibility for monitoring security in camps for Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in Darfur rests with AMIS. The UK is currently paying the staff costs of the African Union Mission in Sudan’s (AMIS) civilian police and military staff, as well as helping AMIS with its running costs.

The UK also has seconded 12 police officers to the EU Supporting Action to AMIS in Darfur to train and advise AMIS’ civilian police force. These civilian police officers represent just under a half of the total EU contribution and cost the UK around £1 million a year.