On the fifth anniversary of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) between north and south Sudan, B’nai B’rith International is urging the United States to play a more active role in ensuring implementation of the accord and in facilitating free and fair Sudanese elections in April.In a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, B’nai B’rith International President Dennis W. Glick and Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin wrote: “Last year B’nai B’rith welcomed the U.S. administration’s commitment to enforcing sanctions against the Sudanese government, combined with incentives for compliance with international demands, as a positive step toward ending the human rights crisis. A balance of pressures and incentives, along with the sustained attention of the U.S. administration at the highest levels, is needed to end the violence and permit implementation of the 2005 peace accord. We further support the administration’s pledge to furnish incentives to the Sudanese regime only upon witnessing verifiable progress, given the latter’s long record of broken promises.”
We have an obligation to speak out against genocide. Since 2003, B’nai B’rith has been in efforts to end the crisis. It is impossible to know exact numbers, but most experts agree that at least 300,000 people have been killed since the conflict began seven years ago, and about a million displaced as they fled to avoid the brutality and seek safe haven, often in squalid refugee camps in neighboring nations.
In the letter, Glick and Mariaschin further noted: “As the fifth anniversary of the CPA nears, continued U.S. leadership is needed not only to facilitate concurrence on outstanding CPA issues, but to build the multilateral coalition necessary to foster such agreement and enforce compliance by both sides with their longstanding commitments.”
It is imperative that U.S. involvement on this issue comes from the highest levels. Therefore, B’nai B’rith is asking President Obama and Clinton to personally lead U.S. peace efforts regarding Sudan.
Follow this link to read the full letter:http://www.bnaibrith.org/ClintonLetter.cfm.