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Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 7 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations he has made to the UNAMID force in Darfur on the numbers of women peacekeepers. (202498)

I have been asked to reply.

We have made representations to the UN and the African Union on the importance of an integrated mission plan to ensure that the civilian, police and military elements of the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) work closely together, including on gender issues. We have raised with international partners and the UN the need for the police component of UNAMID to be trained on community policing and gender-based violence. We continue to press all parties for the rapid deployment of an effective mission, and we welcome an increased representation of women peacekeepers within UNAMID.