Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 12th March 2009.

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Photo of Keith Simpson Keith Simpson Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will assess the likely effects of recent decisions of the International Criminal Court in relation to Sudan on levels of co-operation between the government of Sudan and the UN Mission in Sudan; and if he will make a statement.

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

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary on 4 March 2009 urged all parties in Sudan to avoid escalation and to protect international personnel and humanitarian workers.

The statement is available at: &id=14479209

The government of Sudan have said they will continue to work with UN agencies and missions.

We are very concerned by the humanitarian implications of its decision to expel 13 international humanitarian non-governmental organisations (NGOs), many of whom work closely with the UN. We endorse the UN Secretary-General's call for the government of Sudan urgently to reconsider this decision. We are in close touch on this with the UN, NGOs and other partners.

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