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Sudan: Peace Negotiations

Volume 505: debated on Wednesday 10 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the proposed appointment of a mediator for Sudan. (316358)

We have pressed for strong UN and African Union (AU) leadership as Sudan enters this crucial period, for example in my joint statement on 9 January 2010 with Hilary Clinton and Jonas Store on the fifth anniversary of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. My noble Friend Baroness Kinnock and the UK Special Representative for Sudan discussed these issues during the AU summit in January with Haile Menkerios, the new Special Representative of the Secretary General for the UN Mission, and Ibrahim Gambari, the new AU/UN Joint Special Representative for the AU/UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur. We are also working closely to support the efforts of Djibril Bassole as AU/UN Chief Mediator on Darfur, and Thabo Mbeki as chair of the AU High Level Panel. In liaison with international partners, we will continue to press too for maximum co-ordination and efficiency between them.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last discussed with the Secretary of State for International Development the matter of the end of the Sudanese Comprehensive Peace Agreement. (316361)

The Foreign Secretary, International Development Secretary and other Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and Department for International Development (DFID) Ministers work very closely together on Sudan, drawing on the work of the Joint DFID-FCO Sudan Unit. My noble Friend Baroness Kinnock and my hon. Friend the Minister of State for International Development gave a joint press briefing on 6 January 2010 ahead of the fifth anniversary of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.

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