A coalition of anti-genocide advocacy
organizations has called on the Obama administration to team up with concerned
nations and draft a proposal that would bring lasting peace to Sudan.
came as the commander of the UN-African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur says
the region was no longer in a state of war.
General Martin Luther Agwai said
Darfur's rebel groups have fragmented and are not strong enough to do any serious
Alex Meixner, director of
policy and government relations for Safe Darfur Coalition, said that while General Agwai's statements accurately depicted the
Darfur conflict as it stands, he however missed the bigger picture.
fact that open hostilities between rebel groups and the government militias
have dwindled is certainly a good sign that we are one step closer to what
would hopefully be an eventual peace. But unfortunately it does not mean the
situation is getting that much better for the millions of affected civilians
who remain in Darfur," he said.
said UN-African Union peacekeepers are still needed in Darfur because the main
purpose of their deployment was to protect the suffering civilians.
said the process to bring about a political agreement for Darfur has been a bit
the political process is probably not quite as far along. What is clear is that
until there is that final peace agreement that takes into account the rebel
groups, the government as well as the millions of civilians and civil society
throughout Darfur…the causes of the violence and of the initial war, would not
have been sufficiently dealt with," he said.
praised President Obama's Sudan envoy Scott Gration for the work he and his
staff are doing with regards to the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace
said the Obama administration should work bring about a comprehensive peace
agreement for all of Sudan.
we would like to see President Obama and his administration to do is capitalize
on whatever momentum already exists and use that to try to coordinate the international
community around finding and resolving these underlying issues once and for
all," Meixner said.
expressed disappointment that Darfur rebel groups were not unified enough to
articulate a common position toward lasting peace in Darfur.