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Sudan: Internally Displaced Persons

Volume 477: debated on Friday 13 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will commission research into the number of displaced Darfurians not included in the recent national census in Sudan and its effect on the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. (209374)

Enumeration for the first national census since 1993 took place between 22 April and 6 May. The UN Population Fund will assess the extent of coverage, including of Darfurians, once the census questionnaires have been returned. Full census results are not expected before November 2008.

The UK is a member of the Monitoring and Observation Commission which played a key role in the formation of a census monitoring team. The UK also funded consultants who coordinated the training and deployment of the monitoring team.