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Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

Volume 476: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions have been held with the AU and UN Special Envoys to Darfur, Salid Ahmed Salim and Jan Eliasson; and what the outcome was of those discussions. (205805)

We have had contacts with the African Union (AU) and UN Special Envoys at ministerial and official level. We also have regular contacts with their staff. These discussions are part of our ongoing efforts to support AU/UN activity to move the Darfur political process forward.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) troops and (b) civilian personnel made up the UN-AU Joint Hybrid Mission to Darfur on 1 May; and if he will make a statement. (205806)

As of 1 May the UN-African Union (AU) Mission in Darfur consisted of approximately 7,500 troops, 1,700 police, and 1,500 civilian personnel. We are working closely with the UN, the AU and international partners to support the full deployment of the mission as soon as possible.