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Tom Brake

Liberal Democrat MP for Carshalton and Wallington


Brake Holds Sudanese Ambassador To Account Over Darfur

November 10, 2004 12:00 AM

A week before the UN Security Council meets in Nairobi to discuss what has been described as the 'world's worst humanitarian crisis' in Darfur, Liberal Democrat International Development Spokesman Tom Brake is meeting with Sudanese Ambassador HE Dr Hassan Abdin at the Sudanese embassy (today, 10 November).

Mr Brake secured the meeting in order to establish the Sudanese government's current position in relation to issues such as its compliance with UN resolutions and the AU monitoring mission, its promises to disarm the Janjaweed militia and its assessment of the amount of aid needed in Darfur (full copy of letter below).

Mr Brake said,

"As the humanitarian and security situation continues to deteriorate, the Sudanese government continues to give questionable assurances on Darfur. The government is failing to control and disarm the Janjaweed militia and security remains an illusion for the people of Darfur. I am seeking the Ambassador's response to UN reports that Khartoum is losing control of the region and that Darfur is descending into anarchy."

"Sudan's oil-hungry friends on the Security Council should not help Sudan escape the threat of UN sanctions. Sudan must make good its promises on Darfur and comply with UN resolutions and co-operate with the African Union mission."

"The Sudanese government must halt violations of international humanitarian law and it must re-start peace talks."

Letter text follows:

10 November 2004

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HE Dr Hassan Abdin

Embassy of the Republic of Sudan

St James's, London

Thank you for taking the time to meet with me today. The Liberal Democrats, along with the rest of international community, are alarmed at the suffering of the people of Darfur and at the reports of large-scale violations of human rights and international humanitarian law.

First and foremost, allow me to reiterate the Liberal Democrats' deep commitment to helping all parties to the conflict achieve a just and lasting outcome for Darfur. I have outlined below key areas of concern and I would be grateful if you could address the questions I have raised.


The Janjaweed militias stand accused of attacking civilians and committing some of the worst atrocities in the Darfur region.

Aid effort

As you know, the continued fighting is hampering the aid effort as well as food production. The fighting could destroy this year's harvest and the whole population of Darfur would become dependent on humanitarian assistance. Humanitarian aid agencies are already struggling to cope with the enormous demand, but if the security situation deteriorates further, these very same agencies could withdraw from the region - with all the attendant consequences.

Internally Displaced People

African Union

As an expanded African Union mission will soon be operating in Darfur,

UN compliance

I thank you again for agreeing to meet with me and I look forward to your reply.

Yours sincerely,

Tom Brake MP

Carshalton and Wallington