Sudan and South Sudan

House of Lords written question – answered on 23rd May 2012.

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Photo of The Bishop of Bath and Wells The Bishop of Bath and Wells Bishop

To ask her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to assist in ensuring an early and peaceful resolution of the unimplemented provisions of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement between Sudan and South Sudan, and in particular the resolution of outstanding issues affecting South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Abyei.

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

We continue to make clear to both countries that they must commit themselves to negotiation of all outstanding issues, in the context of the mediation by the African Union High Level Implementation Panel. We are also encouraging the Government in Sudan to put in place a political process of constitutional reform that will address the needs and views of all its people, including those in the conflict affected states of Southern Kordofan, Blue Nile and Abyei. The UK worked hard to ensure United Nations Security Council Resolution 2046, which supports the roadmap, dealt with Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile State under a Chapter VII mandate. We continue to remind the Government of Sudan of their obligation to protect civilians and allow humanitarian access to both states. I welcomed the news that South Sudan have withdrawn their remaining security forces from Abyei on 11 May, and we now urge the Sudanese security forces to do the same.

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