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Sudan: Peace Negotiations

Volume 504: debated on Thursday 21 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his most recent assessment is of progress on the objectives of the Sudanese Comprehensive Peace Agreement; and what plans he has for the Government’s role as guarantor of that agreement. (311619)

The UK is a guarantor of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and is committed to its full implementation. There has been some important recent progress with the passing of referenda legislation in December 2009. However much remains to be done, and we continue to press the parties to resolve key outstanding issues such as creating Referendum Commissions, and resolving outstanding disputes on wealth-sharing and the census. We also call on all parties to put in place the necessary conditions for credible elections, a key CPA benchmark.

My noble Friend Baroness Kinnock was in Sudan 11 to 13 January 2010 to reiterate messages on election preparation and post-2011 planning. We are also supporting work by Chatham House to encourage dialogue between the parties on important post-referendum issues. The UK announced a further £54 million to support Sudan, bringing to £200 million our annual commitment to humanitarian aid, development and peacekeeping in Sudan.