Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
Stephen Mosley (City of Chester, Conservative)
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure that the forthcoming elections and referendum in South Sudan are free of violence and human rights violations.
Henry Bellingham (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Africa and the United Nations), Foreign and Commonwealth Office; North West Norfolk, Conservative)
The Government are concerned about the human rights abuses and violent incidents which were associated with the elections held in Sudan in April 2010. We made clear our concerns to the Sudanese authorities and we regret that more was not done to address these.
We will remain closely engaged and provide strong support including on security issues, in the run-up to the Referendum on Self-Determination for South Sudan in January 2011. We continue to emphasise the need for the Sudanese authorities to ensure a credible and peaceful process. We will be providing significant assistance to this end and we will urge the UN Mission in Sudan to play a central role.