Sudan: Armed Conflict

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered at on 29 June 2023.

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Photo of The Marquess of Lothian The Marquess of Lothian Conservative

To ask His Majesty's Government what is their understanding of the current security situation in Sudan, following reports that fighting between the army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces has spread to cities in the west of the country; and what response, if any, they have made with international partners to the call on 14 June by the West Darfur state governor Khamis Abbakar for international intervention.

Photo of Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park Lord Goldsmith of Richmond Park Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

Despite numerous ceasefires, hostilities continue across Sudan and humanitarian access remains extremely limited. The UK strongly condemns the deliberate attacks and human rights violations and abuses taking place against civilians in Darfur, as well as the killing of the West Darfur Governor, Khamis Abaker. Those responsible must be held to account. The UK is pursuing all diplomatic avenues to bring about a cessation of violence, establish humanitarian access and pave the way for meaningful talks. We continue to support the work of the US and Saudi Arabia and stand ready to support efforts to agree a permanent cessation of hostilities. The UK is working through a new African Union-led Core Group to ensure inclusive regional and international action to secure a viable peace process. We will continue to raise our concerns with international partners and through fora such as the UN Human Rights Council and Security Council.

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