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Sudan: Armed Conflict

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what Government policy is on further UN Security Council action against the government of Sudan in relation to any further refusal to comply with the arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court for (a) Mr. Ahmad Harun and (b) Mr. Ali Kushay; and if he will make a statement. (210480)

The UK sponsored UN Security Council Resolution 1593 of March 2005 referred the human rights situation in Darfur to the International Criminal Court (ICC). We have continued to press the Government of Sudan, at all levels, to comply with the ICC requirements, including during the UN Security Council's visit to Sudan this month. My noble Friend Lord Malloch-Brown and I raised the need for Sudan to comply with the ICC in our meetings with Sudanese Foreign Minister Deng Alor on 28 April. We have also raised Sudanese compliance with the ICC with partners, including in the UN Security Council, who have influence over the Government of Sudan.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with members of the Arab League countries on the compliance of the government of Sudan with arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court for Mr. Ahmad Harun and Mr. Ali Kushayb; and if he will make a statement. (210496)

Ministers and officials have had a number of discussions with members of the Arab League to press them to use their influence with the Government of Sudan on a range of issues, including co-operation with the International Criminal Court.