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House of Lords written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they raised concerns about the military build-up of Sudanese Government troops and vehicles in a camp at Kadugli, immediately adjacent to the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) camp; whether they queried the relationship between the two forces; and what was their response to reports that UNMIS officials prevented civilians with links to opposition groups from being given refuge there.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

The UK Special Representative for Sudan first raised our concerns at the build-up and activity of Sudanese armed forces in Southern Kordofan and in Kadugli with the Sudanese Government on 30 May 2011. We have repeatedly made our concerns known since then, including when the Sudanese Foreign Minister Dr Karti visited London on 6 June 2011. We are aware of the reports to which the noble Lord refers, and have encouraged the Under Secretary-General at the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations to examine these claims.

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