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Sudan: Arms Trade

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking to secure a UN arms embargo on Sudan; and if he will make a statement. (212039)

The UK asked the UN Sanctions Committee of 6 November 2007 to extend its arms embargo on Darfur to all of Sudan, but not all UN Security Council members agreed. Since then, we have raised the issue whenever Sudan has been discussed in the UN Security Council and elsewhere, including at the UN/African Union led talks on Darfur in Geneva on 5 June.

On 12 June 2008 the UK reiterated in the UN Security Council the need for all parties to adhere to the arms embargo on Darfur. We will continue to press for an extension of the arms embargo.

The EU continues to operate an arms embargo on the whole of Sudan.