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Sudan: Peace Negotiations

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 16 April 2007, Official Report, column 48W, on Sudan: peace negotiations, what steps the Government are taking to seek faster progress on the implementation of the Darfur Peace Agreement. (138562)

The UK is pressing the government of Sudan and rebel groups to cease the violence immediately and commit to a renewed political process. We are pressing the African Union (AU) and UN to make rapid progress in this area, most recently when the UK's Special Representative for Sudan attended a meeting in Tripoli on 28 April.

We stand ready to support: a secretariat for the AU and UN mediators; the AU in taking forward the Darfur-Darfur Dialogue and Consultation; and the Transitional Darfuri Regional Authority and other bodies under the Darfur Peace Agreement. Progress in these initiatives has been slow due to the continued violence in Darfur.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 16 April 2007, Official Report, column 48W, on Sudan: peace negotiations, what progress has been made by the (a) African Union and (b) UN to meet commitments made at the UN high level meeting in November 2006 to convene a meeting between the non-signatories and signatories of the Darfur peace agreement. (138563)

The African Union (AU) and UN Special Representatives for the political process in Darfur; and representatives from Sudan, Chad, African regional powers, the UN Security Council, the EU and the Arab League met on 28 and 29 April in Tripoli to discuss the Darfur peace process. They reconfirmed support for the conclusions of the UN high level meeting in November 2006 in Addis Ababa.

They agreed the “Tripoli Consensus” which calls for an immediate ceasefire; the facilitation of humanitarian access and delivery; and sustained funding for the AU force in Darfur until the AU/UN hybrid force can deploy. They urged all parties to commit to a renewed, inclusive and accelerated political process. The "Tripoli Consensus" warned all parties that those who obstruct the peace process in Darfur would bear the consequences.

We are pressing the AU and UN special representatives urgently to present a roadmap for negotiations to the UN Secretary-General.