Sudan: Peace Negotiations

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 26th February 2009.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Labour, Stroud

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the implications for the Sudanese peace process of the arrest of Hassan al-Turabi; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Gillian Merron Gillian Merron Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

holding answer 3 February 2009

Dr. Hassan al-Turabi is not directly involved in either the Darfur peace process or the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). However, the arrest and detention without trial of a senior opposition political figure does not contribute to a political atmosphere in which free and fair national elections can be held, as required by the CPA.

We continue to call upon the government of Sudan to guarantee its citizens the basic rights and freedoms enshrined in the Bill of Rights of the Interim National Constitution.

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