Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
Lynne Featherstone (London, Cross-Portfolio and Non-Portfolio Responsibilities; Hornsey and Wood Green, Liberal Democrat)
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with her counterparts at the EU Council of Ministers on pressing the Government of Sudan (a) to accept and implement the full deployment of a strengthened international force with UN elements in Darfur and along the border with Chad, (b) to monitor the EU arms embargo to Sudan, (c) to help implement the Tripoli Agreement of February 2006 and (d) to extend the Sudan sanctions regime against key individuals.
Ian McCartney (Minister of State (Trade & Investment), Department of Trade and Industry; Makerfield, Labour)
recalled that transition to a full African Union/UN hybrid force for Darfur was urgently required;
underlined the urgency of deploying a UN operation in Eastern Chad and the North-East of the Central African Republic;
called on both Sudan and Chad to refrain from further escalation and fully respect their commitments under the 2006 Tripoli Agreement; and
reiterated their readiness to consider further measures against any party which obstructs implementation of the peace agreements for Darfur.
The meeting did not address the EU arms embargo for Sudan, nor are there any plans to amend it.