My right. hon. Friends the Foreign Secretary and the Secretary of State for International Development, and my noble Friend Lord Malloch-Brown have all pushed Sudanese Government Ministers to resolve the dispute over Abyei as part of the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in the last six months. Our embassy in Khartoum has raised Abyei regularly in its contacts with the Government of Sudan.
We plan to raise Abyei during forthcoming high-level meetings.
Sir Derek Plumbly’s appointment is unique: having completed his career as a UK diplomat he has been placed on full-time secondment from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to the Assessment and Evaluation Commission (AEC) for two years. He was appointed by Sudanese Presidential Decree 39 of 11 February 2008 as chair of the AEC charged with delivering its mandate as defined in Sudanese Presidential Decree 36 of 2005, including monitoring and assessing the Comprehensive Peace Agreement implementation and producing mid-term evaluation reports. He took up his post in Khartoum on 26 March 2008.