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Lord Whitty: I refer the noble Lord to the Answer given in another place by the Foreign Secretary on 6 May in response to a Private Notice Question tabled by Mr. Michael Howard MP (Official Report, cols. 721-731).
Lord Whitty: The needs of the most vulnerable groups are paramount wherever they are in Sudan. Proposals from non-governmental organisations are considered for areas not covered by United Nations Operation Lifeline Sudan provided those organisations are experienced at working in complex humanitarian emergencies and are able to work in Sudan without favouring any of the factions involved.
Lord Whitty: We take every opportunity to press all parties to the conflict on the need for non-governmental organisations and other humanitarian agencies to have full and unimpeded humanitarian access. This was reinforced by the United Nations Secretary General at the peace talks between the Sudanese Government and the main southern faction which took place in Nairobi on 2-5 May. We welcome the Government of Sudan's recent agreement to allow more relief flights to southern Sudan.
Lord Whitty: We support Operation Lifeline Sudan through the annual United Nations Inter-Agency Consolidated Appeal process. We were the first country to respond to the 1998 Sudan appeal when we pledged £4 million in February. Nearly £3 million of this has already been given to the Save the Children Fund, Medecins sans Frontieres, World Vision and the World Food Programme. In addition, nearly £500,000 million of food aid has been allocated through the EC as well as £1.25 million through the EC's 1998 Sudan programme. We remain ready to provide more and are maintaining close contact with United Nations bodies and international NGOs about future needs.
Lord Whitty: We have already given the World Food Programme (WFP) £1.9 million this year for their programme in Sudan and have also given nearly £500,000 through the EC. We are in contact with the WFP about additional needs which will arise if access to those at risk in Bahr El Ghazal improves.
Lord Whitty: The total number of displaced people is difficult to establish as there is constant movement of people. The UN estimate that some 350,000 are affected by the current crisis, with a significant proportion of this group--mostly those displaced by fighting--in need of urgent assistance. The total group being targeted for assistance this year is 720,000. It is impossible to predict how many will be unable to meet their food needs in six months' time.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: A further round of talks on opening up Wideawake Airfield to civil aircraft took place on 27 March when British and American officials met in Washington. The discussions were productive and both sides agreed on how to carry forward work on an agreement to permit civil use of Wideawake Airfield.
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: In view of the difficulties within Sierra Leone it is impossible for our High Commission staff to compile a full list of detainees. We understand that some 2,000 are being detained, of whom 59 (listed below) have been charged with treason, murder or arson.
We have taken every opportunity to raise human rights issues with the Government of Sierra Leone since President Kabbah's return to Freetown on 10 March. Our High Commissioner has emphasised to him the need to restore full respect for human rights, and the Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Mr. Lloyd, raised this very subject with President Kabbah when he took part in a Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group mission to Freetown on 31 March. 59 People Accused of Treason, Murder and Arson
|Victor Foh MP and 21 others|
|Steven Cathy Bio||Brother to ex-Head of State, businessman, arms dealer|
|Gipu Felix George||Ex-Director General SLBS|
|John Ajina Sesay||Former Footballer|
|Denneis Ayodele Smith||Ex-Producer SLBS|
|Oliver Mensah||Ex-Presenter SLBS|
|Mohamed Alikali Bangura||Under SOS Trade|
|Hassan Barrie||Under SOS Energy & Power|
|Victor Brandon||SOS Dev. & Econ. Planning|
|Dennis K. Kamara||Under SOS Mines|
|Sheik Abu Bakarr Nabie||Muslim Priest|
|Ahmad Charid Dumbuya||Appointed General Manager N.P.A. by AFRC|
|Sorie Alieu Fofana|
|Claude V. M. Campbell||Barrister|
|Samuel Sampha Sesay|
|Umaru Deen Sesay||SOS Youths & Sports|
|Bai Hinga Kuraray Bangura|
|Gibril Massaquoi||Ex RUF Colonel|
|Tommy Anthony Patrick|
|Sheku A. T. Bayo||Sec. to President Kabbah|
|Ajibola Manley Spaine||AFRC Attorney-General|
|Dr. Bailar Leigh||SOS Health|
|David Bangura||Under SOS Foreign Affairs|
|Dr. Maltida King||Under SOS Health|
|Alhaji Ibrahim Kargbo||Ex-Imam, Temne Mosque, Oldfield Street|
|Saidu Daniel Bangura|
|Hamid Abdul Kamara||Ex-Secretary to the Chairman AFRC|
|Hilton Fyle||Ex-BBC Presenter, FM WBIG + AFRC Propagandist|
|Alieu Badara Kamara||AFRC Spokesman|
|Joseph Saidu Momoh||Ex-President of Sierra Leone|
|Ibrahim Ben Kargbo||Journalist, Appointed Chairman NCDHR by AFRC|
|Pastor Victor Ajisafie||Nigerian so-called Clergyman|
|Eric Kwaku Dixon|
|Brigadier (RTD) Lymon||S O S Internal Affairs|
|Abdul Salaam Williams||Under Secretary for Labour|
|Dr. Christian Kargbo||Bank Governor (AFRC)|
|Kaifen Kallay||Bank Secretary, Bank of Sierra Leone|
|Harry Benjamin Alpha|
|William Bangura||Ex-Foreign Affairs Officer|
|Ms Winnifred Cummings|
|Ms Nancy Steel||City Councillor (AFRC)|
|Dr. Willie Taylor||Dir. of Bank of SL|
|Mr. Edward Akar||(Barrister) and Bank Dir., Bank of SL|
|Ms Mabinti Scott|
|Abdul K. Sankoh|
|Ms Mayilla Yansaneh||AFRC Propagandist and State House Official|
|Alim Jalloh Jamboria||Chairman, Roads Authority (AFRC)|
|Samuel Sannie Sesay||Managing Director Lotto (AFRC)|
|Major (Rtd.) Eben Victor Coker|
|Bishop Alpha Omega Bundu|
|Mohamed Basiru Savage|
|Ibrahim Foday Sesay|
|Ms Kainde Bangura|
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