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Volume 507: debated on Monday 8 March 2010

Sudan

5. What recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Sudan; and if he will make a statement.

[Official Report, 2 March 2010, Vol. 506, c. 786.]

Letter of correction from Mr. Ivan Lewis:

An error has been identified in the response given to the hon. Member for Foyle (Mark Durkan) on 2 March 2010, relating to the number of people displaced from their homes during recent fighting near Eastern Jebel Mara region of Darfur. The answer given stated “Our information is that more than 300,000 people have been forced from their homes-more than double the number in 2008”.

The correct answer should have been: (319386)

The hon. Gentleman is right to raise that issue, about which there is serious concern as it continues to destabilise prospects for progress. Our information is that more than 300,000 people have been forced from their homes in Southern Sudan as a result of tribal fighting and insecurity in the South—more than double the number in 2008. Reliable estimates of the numbers of civilians displaced by fighting between the Sudanese armed forces and the Sudanese Liberation Army (SLA) in the Eastern Jebel Mara since early February are not yet available. We have urged the Sudanese Government and the UN mission to prioritise the protection of civilians and to support reconciliation. We will argue for that in discussing the renewal of the UN’s mandate in April.