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Sudan: Politics and Government

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 4 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's most recent assessment is of the humanitarian situation in Darfur. (190593)

[holding answer 29 February 2008]: The impact of the recent increase in violence in West Darfur is of grave concern, with over 57,000 newly displaced people and 160,000 cut off from humanitarian aid. Across Darfur as a whole 75,000 people have been displaced since the start of 2008. Malnutrition rates are climbing over the emergency threshold for the first time since 2004. The poor harvest in late 2007 and continuing displacement and insecurity threaten to exacerbate this problem.

On 27 February, my right hon. Friends the Foreign Secretary and the Secretary of State for International Development issued a joint statement calling again on all parties to stop the violence; to allow immediate humanitarian access; to ensure respect for international humanitarian law including the protection of civilians; and to facilitate deployment of the AU-UN peacekeeping force (UNAMID). The UK continues to work closely with the UN and others to achieve these aims and to improve the humanitarian situation in Darfur.