Darfur advocacy groups are urging
President Barack Obama to unveil his Sudan policy. The Save Darfur Coalition
says the world is looking to the United States to lead.
the Sudanese government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPlM) are
in Washington to attend a conference on the Comprehensive Peace Agreement
Sam Bell, executive director of Genocide Intervention Network said President Obama should get directly involved if the international community is to succeed in reinforcing peace
and protecting civilians in Sudan.
laid out a number of aspects that we think should be part of the plan. But the
main goal is to get a comprehensive peace for all of Sudan," he said.
said the Darfur Coalition has some concerns about what he called the limitation of the
unresolved questions about where the border (between the north and south (would
be, how wealth-sharing will happen going forward, what would be the outcome of
a potential referendum in southern Sudan in 2011," Bell said.
said the main problem with the CPA is that it left Darfur out of the picture.
so while we're implementing the CPA we need to hook Darfur into those efforts
because without a peace deal in Darfur, we can't disarm militias, we can't
bring people home," he said.
said the Darfur Coalition has made it known that the Sudan crisis is too big to
be left to US Special Envoy Scott Gration alone to handle.
has to be a whole government approach, and President Obama has to get involved
directly," Bell said.
Special Envoy Gration
last week described the situation in Darfur as "remnants of genocide".
said the debate about whether there is genocide or no genocide in Darfur is a distraction.
fact of the matter is we have an obligation and an opportunity to do something
about it," he said.
said the United States has incredible influence in Sudan with which it can
negotiate sustainable peace not just for Darfur but for the whole country.