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    12   SUDAN

The order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the motion of Ms Rowland—That this House:

(1)    calls on the Sudanese Government and the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement-North, to:

(a)    promptly implement the Memorandum of Understanding signed with the United Nations, African Union and Arab League on allowing unrestricted humanitarian access to all areas of the Blue Nile and South Kordofan states in Sudan; and

(b)   immediately conclude a ceasefire agreement;

(2)    supports the involvement of an international mediation team to assist in negotiations for a ceasefire agreement;

(3)    calls on:

(a)    the Sudanese and South Sudanese governments to cease any support for armed rebel militias in each other’s territories; and

(b)   both sides to urgently work towards a final, negotiated agreement on outstanding issues arising from separation, including Abyei;

(4)    notes that the International Criminal Court has issued a warrant for the arrest of Sudan’s President, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, on five counts of crimes against humanity (murder, extermination, forcible transfer, torture and rape), two counts of war crimes (attacking civilians and pillaging), and three counts of genocide; and

(5)    acknowledges the:

(a)    contribution of the Sudanese and South Sudanese diaspora in Australia to our economic and cultural diversity; and

(b)   excellent work being undertaken by the international community in assisting the 170,000 refugees who have been displaced from Sudan’s Blue Nile and South Kordofan states since late 2011 ( see item No. 2, Votes and Proceedings )—

Debate resumed.

Debate adjourned, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next meeting.