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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Enough Project welcomes the direct engagement of the United States in negotiations on the Sudanese region of Abyei that have stalled preparations for its referendum, a key provision of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, or CPA.
During the negotiations that produced the CPA, the U.S. government intervened to break the logjam around this contested region, leading to the completion of the Abyei Protocol. Today, the Obama administration has taken up that mantle by intervening to press the parties to ensure that the Abyei Referendum Commission is established and that the people of that region can express their will.
“Direct and deepening diplomatic engagement by the U.S. in attempting to break the Abyei deadlock significantly enhances the chances of peace in Sudan,” said Enough Project Co-founder John Prendergast. “Maintaining this level of involvement in support of the African Union-led process is key to preventing the resumption of war between the North and South.”
Enough Project – Enough is a project of the Center for American Progress to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Founded in 2007, the Enough Project focuses on crises in Sudan, eastern Congo, and areas of Africa affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army. Enough’s strategy papers and briefings provide sharp field analysis and targeted policy recommendations based on a “3P” crisis response strategy: promoting durable peace, providing civilian protection, and punishing perpetrators of atrocities. Enough works with concerned citizens, advocates, and policy makers to prevent, mitigate, and resolve these crises. For more information, please visit www.enoughproject.org.