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Wael al-Haj Ibrahim

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking with their international partners to secure the re-entry of Wael al-Haj Ibrahim, Head of the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs in South Darfur, into that country. (165369)

The UK fully supports the UN position over the expulsion of the Head of the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs in South Darfur from Nyala to Khartoum.

On 11 November, the UN Humanitarian Co-ordinator in Sudan briefed embassies in Khartoum on her discussions about this issue with the Sudanese Government. She urged the Government to use established channels, including the High Level Committee that monitors the implementation of the Joint Humanitarian Communiqué of 28 March, to resolve the issue.

We, and our international partners, continue to press the Sudanese Government to abide by their commitments under the Humanitarian Communiqué, and stand ready to give the UN Co-ordinator further support on this and other issues.