asked Her Majesty's Government:
What is their response to the recent statement by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees about displaced people in Darfur and refugees in Chad; and how the causes of those situations can best be addressed.
The UK Government remain deeply concerned about the plight of more than 2 million people internally displaced in Sudan's Darfur region and around 250,000 refugees in neighbouring Chad. We have given over £60 million in humanitarian aid to Sudan and Chad in 2008-09. This includes a direct contribution of £1.5 million to UNHCR in Chad. In Sudan, UNHCR has received almost £4 million from the UN's Common Humanitarian Fund, to which the UK is the largest donor providing £40 million this year—half of total donor contributions.
While the provision of humanitarian assistance remains a priority, peace can be achieved only through a political process. We regularly stress the need for all participants in the conflict in Darfur to cease hostilities and engage in the political process. We welcomed the appointment on
The Foreign Secretary and Lord Malloch-Brown took advantage of their visit to New York from 22 to