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Sudan: International Assistance

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what gaps in (a) EU and (b) international funding for the African Union Mission in Sudan have been identified; and which countries have yet to fulfil their commitments in this area. (137473)

The EU has committed €242 million for the African Union (AU) Mission in Sudan (AMIS) from the Africa Peace Facility (APF) for AMIS personnel costs. Part of this sum has not been disbursed because the AU has not met EU financial reporting requirements and EU financial experts are now assisting the AU to improve financial reporting. The EU is about to commit €40 million more from the APF, with a further amount to follow the end of term review of the European Development Fund. Other member states are giving voluntary bilateral contributions: for example, Germany committed €20 million in March and the Netherlands announced on 14 May it would give an extra €10 million.

The UK and a small group of core donors, including US, Canada and Netherlands, provide the majority of international funding for AMIS on a voluntary basis. The UK has committed €67 million. UK funds are currently being used to pay for AMIS personnel allowances and catering and the mission's ground fuel costs. The Arab League has disbursed less than US$20m of its original US$150m pledge for AMIS. We are urging them, and other international partners, to honour their commitments and provide funds for AMIS.