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Sudan: Armed Conflict

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 16th June 2011.

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Photo of Mark Lazarowicz Mark Lazarowicz Shadow Minister (International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of (a) shooting by forces aligned to Sudanese armed forces in Kadui, (b) northward movements of Sudan People's Liberation Army soldiers, (c) flights of Antonov planes over Kadulli and (d) other violent incidents in South Kordofan.

Photo of Henry Bellingham Henry Bellingham The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

We are very concerned at the latest reports of violence in South Kordofan, which include continued fighting in Kadugli and aerial bombardments in several locations across the state. The British embassy in Khartoum and the consulate general in Juba remain in daily contact with their UN colleagues to ensure they are kept abreast of the most up to date reports. We have seen unconfirmed reports of the Sudan People's Liberation Army moving north. These reports are very worrying, and we urge both parties to de-escalate the situation and return to the negotiating table.

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