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Sudan: Peace Negotiations

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of progress in the Arab League's mediation attempts between the Government of Sudan and the rebel forces; and when he last discussed the matter with his Arab League counterparts. (226076)

Qatar and the Arab League, with support from the African Union (AU), have proposed a Darfur peace conference, to which the Government of Sudan and Darfur rebel movements would be invited. On 14 September my noble Friend, the Minister for Africa, Asia and the UN, Lord Malloch-Brown, stated that we welcome all constructive initiatives towards peace in Darfur under the overall leadership of the UN-AU Chief Mediator, and hope that the Qatar Initiative can make a positive contribution to these efforts. My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary discussed this with the Secretary-General of the Arab League Amr Moussa in New York on 25 September.