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Sudan: Armed conflict

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to (a) the government of Sudan and (b) the government of South Sudan on the situation in Abyei. (209509)

The Permanent Secretaries of the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office pressed senior representatives of both the government of National Unity and the government of Southern Sudan to resolve the Abyei dispute, with the mediation of the Assessment and Evaluation Commission, during their visit to Sudan from 18-21 May.

Our Permanent Representative to the UN co-led a UN Security Council visit to Sudan from 3-5 June and repeated the call for both sides to seek a swift resolution.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the establishment of a UNMIS-monitored demilitarised zone for the Abyei region of Sudan. (209746)

We support the efforts of the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), and the Assessment and Evaluation Commission, to help the Government of National Unity and the Government of Southern Sudan agree security arrangements to stabilise Abyei. We understand that negotiations have focussed on replacing units of the Sudanese armed forces and the Sudan People's Liberation Army with a Joint Integrated Unit. We would want UNMIS to monitor the area as agreed in UN Security Council Resolution 1812, which updated their mandate.