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Sudan: Abyei

Volume 703: debated on Monday 30 June 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is their assessment of the impact of the fighting in Abyei, Sudan, on the durability of the Sudanese comprehensive peace agreement; what is the situation of the people who fled the fighting; and what action troops of the United Nations Mission in Sudan have taken to protect civilians in Abyei. [HL3990]

The fighting in Abyei in mid-May posed a serious threat to the comprehensive peace agreement (CPA). The National Congress Party and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement have shown their commitment to implementing the CPA by agreeing on 8 June a road map to resolve the Abyei dispute.

Up to 60,000 people were displaced by the fighting and are being cared for by the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Most of the residents of Abyei left the town before serious fighting broke out. The UN Mission in Sudan is patrolling and working with the Sudanese authorities to restore security in Abyei so that the displaced population can return.