Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 26th January 2010.

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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 his policy is on the proposal by the African Union Eminent Persons group for the establishment of hybrid courts to try persons charged with war crimes in Darfur.

Photo of Ivan Lewis Ivan Lewis Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

We have welcomed the report by the African Union Panel on Darfur (AUPD) led by former President Mbeki which included a recommendation for the establishment of hybrid courts to try those accused of atrocities in Darfur.

There are some points within the report with which we do not agree, and others, including the proposal for hybrid courts, on which further details are needed. However, our overall assessment is that the report is thorough, detailed and balanced, with a frank analysis of causes and consequences of the conflict.

We will continue to support the work of the Mbeki-led High-level Implementation Panel, which was established to take forward the report's recommendations, and encourage effective co-ordination with existing organisations working for peace in Sudan. We will work with the AU and other international organisations on those areas within the AUPD report which still need further consideration.

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