Ruth Messinger on Sudan’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement

 

Ruth Messinger on Sudan’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement

On June 23, 2009, international supporters of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which ended Sudan's long civil war between the Sudanese government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), will meet in Washington, D.C. to review implementation of the agreement. AJWS president Ruth Messinger issued the following statement on how the successful implementation of the CPA remains essential for creating stability throughout Sudan, including the Darfur region:

"The Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) ended a war that killed approximately two million people and has the potential to lay the groundwork for resolving conflict peacefully throughout Sudan," said Messinger. "The international community has a critical role to play to ensure it is implemented in a fair and timely manner. I applaud the United States government's decision to play a leadership role on this issue and expect concrete progress in putting this agreement back onto a path of success.

"As a long-time advocate against the genocide in Darfur, I stand for peace in all of Sudan. We all know the costs that a return to war and conflict will bring for millions. The successful implementation of the CPA must be at the heart of any U.S. policy concerning Sudan, as must peace and security for the millions who continue to suffer in Darfur. While it is unfortunate that the CPA does not address the genocide in Darfur, it remains an essential agreement for creating stability and a more responsive government for the people of Sudan.

"I will be watching and know that many other Darfur activists will be watching our government and the international community as they fulfill their commitments under the CPA. The time for half-measures and broken promises has long been over in Sudan.  The international community must make a strong commitment to the people of Sudan, whether it be the deployment of an effective protection force or a full resumption of humanitarian aid in Darfur or the successful implementation of the CPA."

Take Action for Peace in Sudan

Contact your representative and President Obama, as well as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Special Envoy to Sudan Gen. Scott Gration, letting them know that implementing the CPA is important to you and can be the difference between war and peace for millions in Sudan — including the people of Darfur.