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Sudan: Oil Exports

Volume 691: debated on Monday 16 April 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they, in conjunction with the Government of the United States, the member states of the African Union and other neighbouring states, are continuing to press the Government of Sudan to accept an African Union-United Nations hybrid force to comply with the no-fly zone and to implement the existing ceasefire agreement. [HL3056]

The Government of Sudan have consistently failed to make good on their promises agreed at the UN high- level meeting on 16 November 2006 in Addis Ababa. This included the need for a strengthened African Union (AU)-UN hybrid force for Darfur. We are continuing to press the Government of Sudan to accept this force and are calling on our international partners to do the same.

The implementation of the existing ceasefire agreement remains a UK priority. We are looking at tougher measures, including sanctions, extension of the existing arms embargo and monitoring of military flights, to get the Government of Sudan to comply with their promises made to the international community. We are continuing to talk to international partners including the US, EU, UN and AU about this.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they are acting in concert with the Government of the United States to block receipt of money for oil exports from the Sudan in whatever currencies may be involved. [HL3057]

We are not taking steps to block receipt of money for oil exports from Sudan. We want to ensure that any sanctions do not impact on the comprehensive peace agreement between north and south Sudan, or those who have no responsibility for violence in Darfur.

My right honourable friend the Prime Minister wrote to Chancellor Merkel and other EU leaders on 21 March to make the case for further targeted sanctions against individuals responsible for committing atrocities in Darfur, and an extension to the UN arms embargo to the whole of Sudan, in line with the current EU embargo. We are now taking this forward with the US, other UN Security Council members and key partners.