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Sudan: International Assistance

Volume 471: debated on Thursday 31 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the mechanisms in place to co-ordinate the efforts of UNAMID, civilian police, the military, human rights workers and other humanitarian organisations active in Darfur; and if he will make a statement. (178807)

We have not yet assessed the effectiveness of the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur’s (UNAMID) co-ordination with humanitarian organisations in Darfur, as many of the relevant structures and personnel are still being put in place. At full strength, UNAMID will consist of approximately 19,500 military personnel, 6,500 civilian police and 5,000 other civilian staff, including a section dedicated to human rights. These components are co-ordinated by the UNAMID mission leadership, headed by UN-African Union Joint Special Representative Adada. UNAMID has appointed a number of humanitarian affairs officers to liaise and co-ordinate with the UN agencies and non-governmental humanitarian organisations in Darfur. We welcome the co-ordination mechanisms and we are monitoring their effectiveness as UNAMID deploys.