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Sudan

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what activities the troika of the UK, US and Norway have undertaken in the Sudan over recent months. (296952)

We have had extensive discussions on the political situation and prospects for Sudan with the US Special Envoy, Major General Scott Gration, since his appointment in March 2009. The US Envoy had several meetings in the early summer with my noble Friend, the then Minister for Africa, Asia and the UN, Lord Malloch-Brown and continues to meet regularly with the UK Special Representative for Sudan. They met most recently in Moscow on 6 October 2009 and in Abuja on 29 October 2009.

Both US Envoy Gration, and the UK Special Representative have strongly expressed their support for African Union/UN Chief Mediator Djibril Bassolé and the State of Qatar in their efforts to find a political solution for Darfur, and stand ready to offer all necessary assistance.

The UK, US and Norway have in recent months re-established the Troika mechanism as part of the international effort on Sudan. Officials from the UK, US and Norway are currently in Sudan to discuss Comprehensive Peace Agreement implementation issues with the Sudan People's Liberation Movement and the National Congress Party.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the US emissary to Sudan on the co-ordination of the Government's and US efforts to resolve the conflict in Darfur. (296953)

We have had extensive discussions on the political situation and prospects for Sudan with the US Special Envoy, Major General Scott Gration, since his appointment in March 2009. The US Envoy had several meetings in the early summer with my noble Friend, the then Minister for Africa, Asia and the UN, Lord Malloch-Brown and continues to meet regularly with the UK Special Representative for Sudan. They met most recently in Moscow on 6 October 2009 and in Abuja on 29 October 2009.

Both US Envoy Gration, and the UK Special Representative have strongly expressed their support for African Union/UN Chief Mediator Djibril Bassolé and the State of Qatar in their efforts to finding a political solution for Darfur, and stand ready to offer all necessary assistance.

The UK, US and Norway have in recent months re-established the Troika mechanism as part of the international effort on Sudan. Officials from the UK, US and Norway are currently in Sudan to discuss Comprehensive Peace Agreement implementation issues with the Sudan People's Liberation Movement and the National Congress Party.