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Sudan: Violence

Volume 461: debated on Friday 15 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the trend of attacks on civilians in the eastern part of Southern Kordofan, Sudan, since January 2007; and if she will make a statement. (142997)

We are concerned about the deterioration in security over recent months in South Kordofan. This appears to be caused by the lack of progress in implementing the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in the region, exacerbated by local problems over land use and migratory routes. We are also concerned about previous incidents of violence in Kordofan by Darfur rebels and the further risk that the conflict in Darfur could spill over into Kordofan.

As Southern Kordofan is one of the “Three Areas” under the CPA, we are monitoring the situation there through the Assessment and Evaluation Committee that oversees the implementation of the CPA. We have also made it clear to the Darfur rebels that it is unacceptable to spread this conflict into Kordofan.