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Sudan: Peace Negotiations

Volume 488: debated on Friday 6 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken to ensure the comprehensive peace agreement in southern Sudan is upheld. (260323)

The Government continuously seek to promote a peaceful resolution for the whole of Sudan, including ensuring the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in southern Sudan is upheld. My noble Friend, the Minister for Africa congratulated the parties to the CPA on the fourth anniversary of the agreement saying:

“The UK is committed to work with both parties and all interested partners to support the CPA and to build stability and prosperity for the people of Sudan”.

The UK plays a leading role in furthering implementation of the CPA. We witnessed the Agreement and are observers on the Assessment and Evaluation Commission (AEC), the body that monitors implementation. We secured the appointment of Sir Derek Plumbly, a senior UK diplomat, as Chair of the AEC. The UK pledged £330 million for development assistance in Sudan for 2008-11 at the Sudan Consortium in May 2008.

We pursue our objectives for Sudan, including ensuring the CPA in southern Sudan is upheld, through close coordination with international partners such as the United Nations, the African Union and non-governmental organisations.