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Sudan: Darfur

Volume 689: debated on Wednesday 31 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What assessment they have made of the likely impact of a Sudan-led African Union on the conflict in Darfur and of the comments of the Greater Sudanese Liberation Movement on this issue. [HL1619]

The African Union (AU) has a major role to play in Darfur. On 29 January the AU decided that Ghana would assume its chair for the coming year.

We continue to urge all sides in Sudan to implement the agreements of Addis and Abuja. This includes the need for an immediate and strengthened ceasefire, a renewed political process to bring in the non-signatory rebel groups, and a hybrid AU-UN peacekeeping force.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they have made an assessment of the remarks of Jan Pronk, the former United Nations Special Representative to Darfur, on the further deterioration of the situation in Darfur in the past two months of 2006 and the increasing strength of the Government of Sudan. [HL1622]

We share Jan Pronk's concerns about the situation in Darfur. UN humanitarian agencies and non-governmental organisations are increasingly being targeted. We utterly condemn these appalling actions against those seeking to assist the victims of the conflict in Darfur. All attacks on humanitarian agencies must cease immediately.

The Government of Sudan continue to conduct aerial bombings in Darfur. We have protested to them about this and made clear that they are in breach of UN Security Council Resolution 1591, the Abuja Security Protocol and the ceasefire. We will continue to consider all measures, including those specified in Resolution 1591, in order to bring an end to these unacceptable attacks.