Following last week’s flawed national elections in Sudan, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice must increase their oversight of the faltering U.S. policy on Sudan. The current implementation of the six-month-old policy has not addressed a number of concerning developments including clear indications that the national election held earlier this month was neither free nor fair, ongoing government attacks in recent months have killed hundreds and displaced thousands, and ongoing obstruction by the Government of Sudan in access for aid workers and UN investigators to Darfur. Meanwhile, the country faces a vote for southern independence in January 2011—a possible trigger to a return to civil war.
Madame Secretary and Madame Ambassador,
YOU HAVE LONG BEEN CHAMPIONS FOR PEACE IN SUDAN. NOW IS THE TIME FOR YOUR PERSONAL AND SUSTAINED LEADERSHIP ON SUDAN.
Six months ago you rolled out a new Sudan strategy, and it was a good one, but since that time:
The situation on the ground has deteriorated
* An ongoing government offensive in Darfur
* A national election that was neither free nor fair
* A continued arms race between North and South
* No accountability for war crimes
U.S. policy is stalemated.
The United States is losing credibility as a mediator.
IN JANUARY 2011, AFRICA’S LARGEST COUNTRY WILL SPLIT. IT IS TIME TO ACT TO PREVENT A RETURN TO FULL-SCALE NATIONAL WAR.
Secretary Clinton and Ambassador Rice:
MAKE SUDAN A PRIORITY NOW.
KEEP THE PROMISE.
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