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Sudan: Overseas Aid

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 11 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid he has committed to improve the humanitarian situation in Darfur. (148658)

Since October 2003 DFID has committed over £145 million to emergency relief operations in Darfur. The UK has also contributed £73 million to the African Union Mission in Sudan for the protection of civilians.

DFID has led international efforts for an effective humanitarian response in Sudan. We are pressing the Government of Sudan to remove bureaucratic obstacles that inhibit work on the ground. We support the Common Humanitarian Fund, which allows the UN Humanitarian Co-ordinator to direct resources towards those in greatest need.

The Government will continue to work vigorously and at the highest level to secure a lasting peace in Darfur.