§ 14. Rev. Martin Smyth
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he plans to meet the Foreign Minister of the Sudan Republic to discuss the conflict in southern Sudan.
§ Rev. Martin Smyth
I am disappointed that there are no such plans, bearing in mind that many people in the United Kingdom, the United States and elsewhere are concerned about the conflict in southern Sudan, which has been going on for far too long. The fact that they happen to be black upon black does not relieve us of any responsibility.
§ Mr. Cash
Is my right hon. and learned Friend aware that 40,000 Muslim fundamentalists have been airlifted from Khartoum to southern Sudan; that 200,000 people from southern Sudan have been driven into Uganda over the past few months; and that there is a prospect that that figure could rise to a million, which Uganda simply could not cope with? Will he ensure that every effort is made to ensure that the people moving into Uganda are given every 938 support by the Intergovernmental Authority on Drought and Development and by the American and British initiatives that are currently under way?
§ Mr. Gunnell
What steps has the Minister taken through the United Nations to seek a solution to this problem? Will he ensure that the negotiations that are under way are discussed with the United Nations so that it, too, may play its maximum role in sorting out this mess?
§ Mr. Hogg
It is important not to undercut the present initiative. Therefore, for the moment I should prefer to see weight placed on the initiative to which I have referred —that promoted by the Kenyans, Ugandans and others. If it becomes plain that that will not succeed, one can consider other mechanisms.