Sudan: Peacekeeping Operations

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 6th May 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 what assessment he has made of the effect on the political situation in Darfur of restrictions on movement of the joint UN-AU force for Darfur imposed by the government of Sudan since the beginning of 2009; and what discussions he has had with the government of Sudan on those restrictions.

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

Intermittent restrictions on UN-African Union hybrid mission in Darfur (UNAMID)'s movement continue to be imposed by the Government of Sudan. This has a negative impact on the ability of the UN-African Union force to provide protection for civilians and monitor the humanitarian and security situation. However, despite the challenges, UNAMID continues to expand its operations. During the upsurge in conflict around Muhajeriya in January and February 2009, UNAMID successfully resisted requests from the Government of Sudan that they should withdraw.

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary called on the Sudanese Government to facilitate UNAMID deployment in his statement of 4 March 2009. The statement may be found on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website:

www.fco.gov.uk/en/newsroom

We have also raised our concerns in other appropriate forums. The Foreign Secretary has not, however, discussed this issue directly with the Sudanese Government since the beginning of the year.

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