Sudan: Peace Keeping Operations

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of William Hague William Hague Shadow Secretary of State (Foreign Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether there is a deadline for a formal response by the President of Sudan to the UN Secretary-General's letter of 24 January requesting Sudanese agreement to the heavy support package of United Nations support to the African Union Mission in the Sudan; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Margaret Beckett Margaret Beckett Foreign Secretary

The UN Secretary-General did not set a deadline for President Bashir to respond to his letter of 24 January. However, President Bashir's delay in doing so, and now his refusal to endorse the Heavy Support Package as agreed between the AU and UN, highlights Sudan's reluctance to have the UN deploy in Darfur. This is part of a wider pattern of non-co-operation with the international community. The UK will be pushing for tougher measures in the Security Council against Sudan, including a country-wide arms embargo and further targeted sanctions.

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