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UN Mission in Darfur

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of Ian Lucas Ian Lucas Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on future UK involvement with UNAMID.

Photo of Mark Simmonds Mark Simmonds The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

As acknowledged by the UN Secretary General in his report of 10 April to the UN Security Council, UNAMID could be more effective in carrying out its mandate to protect civilians. Last year's United Nations review of uniformed personnel highlighted the changing nature of the conflict in Darfur and outlined a series of recommendations to ensure a more effective and efficient use of uniformed resources to better meet the mission's mandate. A review of civilian personal is ongoing, and initial recommendations are emerging. We are supportive of both reviews' findings and are encouraging timely implementation of their recommendations.

The restrictions on movement imposed by the Government of Sudan remain a significant challenge to the mission's ability to fulfil its mandate, an issue we raise regularly in Security Council consultations as well as with the Government of Sudan. The primary responsibility for protecting civilians remains with the Government of Sudan.

The UK will continue to support UNAMID—including through considering how we might assist troop-contributing countries to prepare better to carry out the mission’s protection-of-civilians mandate. We hope that the forthcoming renewal of UNAMID's mandate will also see international partners recommit their support to the mission.

Officials have discussed the effectiveness of the mission on a number of occasions over the past few months with the United Nations Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Hervé Ladsous, the Joint Special Representative Mohamed Ibn Chambas, and the incoming Force Commander.

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