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Sudan: Overseas Aid

International Development written question – answered on 13th June 2007.

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Photo of Anne Moffat Anne Moffat Labour, East Lothian

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what contribution the UK has made to emergency relief to Darfur.

Photo of Hilary Benn Hilary Benn The Secretary of State for International Development

The UK is heavily engaged in Darfur on a number of levels. DFID has spent over £142 million supporting emergency relief operations in the region since October 2003. The UK is also prominent in efforts to make the humanitarian response in Sudan more effective. This includes advocacy and support for humanitarian agencies operating on the ground and through our £40 million contribution in 2007 to the pioneering Common Humanitarian Fund, allowing the UN Humanitarian Coordinator to direct resources at the areas of greatest need across the country.

The UK is working at the highest level to secure a lasting peace in Darfur, regularly raising the need to resolve the Darfur conflict with the parties and with international partners. The UK has also contributed £73 million to the African Union Mission in Sudan to help support the protection of civilians in Darfur.

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