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Sudan: Peace Negotiations

Volume 468: debated on Monday 26 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent progress has been made on establishing peace in Darfur. (166898)

The start of new political talks in Libya on 27 October, and the announcement of a cessation of hostilities by the Government of Sudan, were welcome steps towards ending the conflict in Darfur. We support the African Union (AU) and UN current efforts to encourage the rebel movements to agree a common platform and for all groups to take part in formal negotiations. Only a political process can provide a sustainable solution to the Darfur conflict.

But the people of Darfur continue to suffer violence. We are pressing for the prompt and effective deployment of the UN-AU hybrid force in Darfur, as mandated by UN Security Council Resolution 1769, to restore security on the ground. We have agreed with other donors to set up the Darfur Community Peace and Stability Fund, to support recovery activities at community level where leaders deliver security on the ground and allow foil humanitarian access.

The situation in Darfur remains complex. We are working with international partners to keep the focus on these issues.