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Sudan: Security

Volume 472: debated on Monday 3 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last discussed internal security in Darfur with representatives of the government of Sudan. (191102)

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary set out our concerns on the situation in Darfur, and the need for an immediate end to the fighting in West Darfur, in a joint statement with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Development on 27 February. He has discussed the situation in Darfur with several governments, most recently this week in Beijing at meetings with the Premier and Foreign Minister of China. My noble Friend the Minister for Africa, Asia and the UN, the right hon. Lord Malloch-Brown, has been in regular contact with the Government of Sudan on this issue, including during his visit there and the African Union summit, 28 January-1 February. Our ambassador in Khartoum has been instructed to pursue the matter further with the Government of Sudan.