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Sudan: Peace Negotiations

Volume 487: debated on Monday 2 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of progress made by the technical ad hoc border committee in delineating the 1 January 1956 border in Sudan as mandated by the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. (249544)

The work of the Technical Ad hoc Border Committee is severely delayed and its report, which under the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) was due by July 2005, has not yet been submitted to the presidency.

Defining and demarcating the North-South border remains one of the key obstacles to implementation of the CPA. We are fully engaged with both parties and international partners to secure full implementation of the CPA.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of progress in the work of the National Land Commission and the Southern Sudan Land Commission created by the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Sudan. (249545)

The National Land Commission has not yet been established because the National Assembly in Khartoum has yet to pass the Land Bill. The Southern Sudan Land Commission (SSLC) has been established, but the Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly has not passed its own Land Bill, which is needed in addition to the national Bill, before the SSLC can exercise its functions in full.

We will continue to seek progress on land reform as part of our efforts to support full implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.