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Press Release: A Plan B With Teeth For Darfur

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Press Release: A Plan B With Teeth For Darfur

Posted by Enough Team on May 9, 2007

(Washington, DC) May 9, 2007: In a strategy paper released today, ENOUGH calls on the Bush administration to take resolute action against the Sudanese government for ongoing atrocities in Darfur – by implementing a Plan B with “teeth.”

Co-authored by ENOUGH Co-chair John Prendergast and Policy Advisor Colin Thomas-Jensen, the paper urges the White House to announce a revised Plan B by May 18, a month after the President’s speech at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, where he publicly introduced the administration’s plan should diplomacy fail.

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Prendergast and Thomas-Jensen argue that most of the measures Bush was prepared to announce in April lack clear and decisive plans for implementation, are too unilateral in nature, and are too weak to have a major impact on the calculations of either regime officials in Khartoum or on intransigent rebel leaders.

“Barking without biting is the diplomatic equivalent of giving comfort to the enemy,” said Prendergast. As diplomacy is given another chance, they argue for Plan B to be strengthened and multilateralized.

To effectively garner peace and provide protection for Darfur’s civilians – the first two “Ps” of the ENOUGH campaign’s “3P” crisis response strategy – Prendergast and Thomas-Jensen argue that the third “P” of punishment is needed. Such punitive measures, which include financial, legal and military planning components, are necessary, they assert, to gain Khartoum’s acceptance of a durable peace deal for Darfur and the deployment of an effective international force to protect civilians.

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ENOUGH calls for the U.S. to implement five legal and financial measures: multilateral targeting of Sudanese officials; multilateral sanctioning of Sudanese companies underwriting Sudan’s war machine; pressure to stop international banks from doing business with Sudan; reinforcement of divestment efforts; and support for the International Criminal Court indictment process.

“These could all be enforced immediately and at little cost,” said Thomas-Jensen, “but they would require increased intelligence and enforcement capacities to ensure implementation here, and a strong diplomatic effort to rally multilateral support.”

ENOUGH’s “Plan B with teeth” also calls for accelerated planning of military options, such as a no-fly zone and non-consensual troop deployment, both as a practical necessity and as a means to build and utilize leverage against the Khartoum regime. It would be irresponsible, they argue, to only pursue the implementation of a no-fly zone in the absence of any preparation for use of ground forces to protect displaced camps and humanitarian aid efforts that could be targeted as a result.

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