October 20, 2009

Chairman Kerry Welcomes Announcement On Sudan Policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Chairman John Kerry, who traveled to Sudan in April 2009 to meet with government officials, humanitarian workers, and Darfuris living in displaced persons camps, today released a statement on the Obama Administration's announcement of its Sudan policy:

"I support the comprehensive Sudan policy announced today by the President and Secretary of State. This strategy, which will be spearheaded by the United States Special Envoy, General Scott Gration, both emphasizes the urgency of working for peace in Darfur and seeks to ensure that the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) between North and South Sudan does not collapse, which would lead to further devastation for the people of the region.

Importantly, this strategy builds on lessons learned from past efforts and addresses the situation as it exists today, promoting both engagement and accountability."

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