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US Must Support Peace and Justice In Sudan
Africa Action Calls on the U.S. Government to Support Policies Promoting Stability
WASHINGTON - January 9 - Today Africa Action reflects on the 4th anniversary of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that sought to end Sudan's longest civil war and established self-governance in Southern Sudan.
Gerald LeMelle, Executive Director of Africa Action said this morning, "The anniversary of the CPA is a reminder that while four years have passed since the treaty was signed, it remains in a fragile condition in 2009. The next administration must be unyielding in its commitment to working with the international community to pressure the Government of Sudan to strengthen and implement the CPA."
Long-term, sustainable peace remains within reach, however, Africa Action calls on the new administration to intensify international diplomatic pressure to address the human needs of Sudanese people. LeMelle added, "We cannot allow obstacles such as the current "War on Terror" to interfere and take priority over human rights and democracy."
One significant stipulation of the CPA is that in 2009 Sudan must hold national elections to choose the President of the country. The National Congress Party in Khartoum cannot be an impediment on a free and fair election. To do so would fly in the face of the pillars of self-determination outlined in the CPA.
"Democratic governance is vital to building a stable country. The CPA is the most significant document to emerge from Sudan since its independence in 1956," said Michael Stulman, Africa Action's Associate Director for Policy and Communications. "To date, international efforts have fallen short of the necessary resolve to bring peace to Sudan. The international community can play a more important role in supporting comprehensive peace in the region today."
To learn more about Sudan and the CPA, visit http://www.africaaction.org.