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Sudan: Sanctions

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to encourage the Chinese government to support UN sanctions against Sudan; and if he will make a statement. (196925)

My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister discussed Darfur with Chinese Premier Wen during his visit to China on 18 January. UK Ministers subsequently agreed with the Chinese Special Envoy for Africa, Liu Guijin, in London on 21-22 February the key goals of:

accelerating the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur deployment so as to improve security and humanitarian access;

re-energising the Darfur political process; and

supporting implementation of the comprehensive peace agreement.

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary reinforced these messages during his visit to China on 25-29 February, both in talks with Chinese Ministers and in a public speech at Peking university.

We continue to make clear that the UK will pursue further targeted sanctions against any party that undermines resolution of the Darfur conflict. We have regular discussions with other members of the UN Security Council, including China, that sanctions must be one of a range of measures to help resolve the conflict.