Pressure by the South African Government on the Sudanese Government to Ensure Peace and Stability; and the Return of Refugees to Darfur

QUESTION NUMBER: 6

DATE: 1 SEPTEMBER 2004

Rev. K R J Meshoe (ACDP) to ask the Deputy President:

Whether the Government is putting any pressure on the Sudanese government to allow monitors from the international community into the Darfur region so as to ensure the return of peace and stability to the region and to ensure that refugees wishing to return to Darfur are given assistance and protection; if not, why not; of so, what are the relevant details?

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REPLY:

Yes, the South African government is putting pressure on the Sudanese government through the African Union.

As I stated a fortnight ago in reply to a similar question in this House, a fundamental objective of South Africa's foreign policy is to deal collectively with problems occurring in other African countries in regional and continental bodies established specifically for this purpose. South Africa's position on the Darfur crisis is therefore guided by the African Union. It is in the African Union context that South Africa operates, and in this instance, puts pressure on the Sudanese Government to allow the deployment of a broader peacekeeping force of about 3 000 troops to assist with the disarmament of the Janjaweed militia, and ensure the return of peace and stability to the region.

South Africa supports the initiative by the current Chairperson of the African Union, President Obasanjo of Nigeria in convening peace talks in Abuja Nigeria between the Government of Sudan and the two rebel movements.



 

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