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Sudan: Food Aid

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 1 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the safety of those delivering World Food Programme supplies in Southern Sudan. (201407)

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given on 27 March 2008, Official Report, column 445W. Since then, hijackings of World Food Programme (WFP) trucks have continued. As of last week, 60 trucks had been hijacked, 39 drivers had been reported missing and 26 remain unaccounted for. As a result of the continuing violence, WFP announced on 17 April that it would reduce rations of cereals, pulses and sugar by half in May. The international community has consistently called on all parties to respect the neutrality of humanitarian agencies. In addition, we continue to press for the full and rapid deployment of the UN-AU peacekeeping force (UNAMID) in Darfur.