Campbell calls for G8 action on Darfur

At Prime Minister’s Question Time today, Liberal Democrat Leader Ming Campbell asked Tony Blair about the conflict in Darfur, which Ming said had led to the deaths of 200,000 people and displaced 2 million from their homes. He asked: “What can the people of Darfur expect from the G8 summit?”

The Prime Minister promised he would be pressing the G8 to “renew commitment to sanctions” on Darfur and to put pressure on the Sudanese government to stick to the terms of a peace deal. Responding, Ming called for an arms embargo and more logistical support for the African Union peace keeping force, in addition to tougher sanctions against the Sudanese government. This came as President Bush stated that the US might support the enforcement of a no-fly zone over Darfur to help put an end to the fighting there.

The United States and Britain have both threatened Sudan’s government with tougher UN sanctions if Khartoum does not support international efforts to end the conflict in Darfur.

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