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Sudan: Sanctions

Volume 472: debated on Thursday 21 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the implementation of further targeted sanctions against the Sudanese Government by the (a) European Union, (b) United Nations Security Council and (c) UK. (187767)

We will pursue further targeted sanctions against any party, including the Government of Sudan, rebels and militia, that undermines resolution of the crisis in Darfur.

We believe that UN sanctions are more effective than EU or UK measures. The prospect of further UN sanctions, as advocated by the UK, combined with persuasion by the UN Secretary-General and others, played a part in the Government of Sudan agreeing to the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur in 2007. Currently, the UN Security Council is not actively considering sanctions but rather is focused on securing successful implementation of resolution 1769 on Darfur. But we continue to advocate in the Council that we must combine pressure and persuasion on all parties to make rapid progress in resolving the crisis. We are also making this point bilaterally, as my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister did with Chinese Premier Wen in January.