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Sudan: Overseas Aid

Volume 493: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 1 April 2009, Official Report, columns 1199-200W, on Sudan: overseas aid, how many international aid organisations have been permitted to return to Darfur; and if he will make a statement. (277227)

The Government of Sudan have not reversed their decision and none of the international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) expelled from Darfur and other parts of northern Sudan have been permitted to return to Darfur. The UK, along with many other countries, has made clear its strong view that these NGOs were doing essential work and need to be allowed back.

Detailed discussions continue between the UN and Government of Sudan on steps to restore humanitarian capacity and to secure a safe operating environment for NGOs. The UK is in close touch with the UN, the Government of Sudan and other partners on these issues.