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Nigeria: Armed Conflict

Volume 473: debated on Thursday 13 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) he, (b) members of his Department and (c) UK representatives in Abuja have had with the Government of Nigeria on the failure of peace talks with militant groups in the Niger delta; and if he will make a statement. (192978)

Our high commissioner in Abuja discussed the situation in the Niger delta with President Yar’Adua in January. Following this, and ongoing discussion with Nigerian Government officials in Abuja and London, we are not aware that dialogue between the Nigerian Government and militant groups in the Niger delta has come to an end. A meeting on the Gulf of Guinea energy security strategy (to include UK and Nigerian Government representatives) is scheduled for later this month and there are still plans for a Niger delta summit, which would engage the Nigerian Government and communities in the region in structured dialogue.