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Sudan: War Crimes

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking to ensure that the government of Sudan complies with the arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court in connection with alleged atrocities in Darfur; and if she will make a statement. (137110)

The Government firmly believe that there can be no impunity for crimes against humanity and war crimes. The International Criminal Court (ICC) has our full support for its activities. It must also have the full and unconditional co-operation of the government of Sudan. We have made this clear to the authorities in Khartoum.

My noble Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth affairs, Lord Triesman of Tottenham, made a statement on 2 May calling upon the government of Sudan to co-operate with the court's request for the arrest and surrender of the two individuals which we brought to the attention of the Sudanese embassy in London. It is vital that the government of Sudan fulfils its obligations in relation to the ICC.