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Sudan: Armed Conflict

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent (a) assessment he has made of the intensity of conflict and (b) estimate he has made of the deaths occurring in southern Sudan; and if he will make a statement. (204337)

We are aware of recent clashes in the Nuba Mountains in South Kordofan, one of the three disputed areas along the border between North and South Sudan. These have mostly been small scale inter-tribal skirmishes, but during 24-29 April involved clashes between units of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army and armed elements of the Misseriya tribe. Reports from the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) suggest fighting was localised and calm has since been restored. Reliable casualty figures are hard to ascertain, but UNMIS suggest a total of 31 casualties.

My right hon. Friends the Foreign Secretary and the Secretary of State for International Development and my noble Friend the Minister for Africa, Asia and the UN, the right hon. Lord Malloch-Brown, raised the issue of the disputed border between North and South Sudan during their meetings with the Sudanese Foreign Minister of 28-30 April. They urged the Government of National Unity and the Government of Southern Sudan to engage with the Assessment and Evaluation Commission as a suitable body to broker a resolution for the border disputes.