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Tuesday, 16 November 2004
Page: 111

Senator Brown asked the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 2 August:

With reference to the crisis in Darfur, Sudan: After the initial contact with the Sudanese Government on this matter, what further representations have been made and when.

Senator Hill (Minister for Defence) —The Minister for Foreign Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

The Government has made the following representations on the crisis in Darfur:

On 3 February 2003 the Minister for Foreign Affairs first expressed Australia's concerns about the deteriorating situation in Darfur to the Sudanese Ambassador.

On 14 June 2004 Australia, Canada and New Zealand urged the UN Security Council to take immediate action to end the war crimes and crimes against humanity being committed in Darfur.

On 21 June 2004 the Minister for Foreign Affairs wrote to the Sudanese Foreign Minister expressing Australia's deep concern over the crisis in Darfur and urging the Sudanese Government to end the widespread abuses of human rights, restore peace and ensure the distribution of international aid to the victims of the conflict.

On 27-30 July 2004 Australia, with Canada, the Netherlands and New Zealand, made representations to UN Security Council members urging them to support a strongly-worded resolution on the situation in Darfur. On 30 July the Security Council adopted Resolution 1556.

During August 2004 the Government made representations to regional organisations and countries with influence in Sudan and the region, urging them to pressure Sudan into complying with UN Security Council Resolution 1556.

Since July 2004 the Government has been consulting regularly with likeminded countries to find ways to ease the crisis in Darfur.