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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 have sought a witness statement from the Bishop of Kadugli regarding allegations concerning the role of United Nations peacekeepers in the killing of civilians by Sudanese armed forces; and whether they intend to ask for a referral of these killings and violence against civilians seeking refuge in the Nuba Mountains, to the International Criminal Court.

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

We remain extremely concerned about the situation in Southern Kordofan and continue to monitor it closely. We are aware of reports, including from the Bishop of Kadugli, that UN peacekeepers may not have responded to recent violence to the extent that their mandate authorised. We have encouraged the Under Secretary-General at the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations to examine these claims. We will, if necessary, consider action to refer the situation in Southern Kordofan to the International Criminal Court.

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