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SUDAN REPORT: A Peace Process Play-by-Play

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SUDAN REPORT: A Peace Process Play-by-Play

Posted by Enough Team on February 25, 2010

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 25, 2010

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Eileen White Read, 202.641.0779
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SUDAN REPORT: A Peace Process Play-by-Play
 
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Enough Project at the Center for American Progress today released a new report, “A Peace Process Play-by-Play,” highlighting the risks and potential rewards of the preliminary peace agreement reached between the government of Sudan and the rebel group Justice and Equality Movement (JEM). The report gives particular consideration to the strategic concerns of key players to the talks.
 
John Norris, Executive Director of the Enough Project, noted, “Everyone wants to see these peace talks succeed, but the list of failed agreements in Sudan is long, so enthusiasm must be tempered with realism. It is essential that any deal include practical arrangements to monitor the implementation of these agreements and take appropriate actions when violations occur. It is also vital that agreements reflect the input and interests of Darfuri civil society, not just the views of military commanders. Whether the tactical interests of those at the negotiations can be converted into a viable and comprehensive peace for Darfur remains an open question at this hour.”
 
John Prendergast, Co-founder of the Enough Project, commented, "The emerging process is driven by President Bashir’s quest for legitimacy through the upcoming elections, by the end of support from Chad to Darfur’s rebels, and by a desire to end the divisions among the Islamists in northern Sudan as they prepare for the possible independence of the South. These motivations do not ensure long-term peace, but rather threaten to undermine the needs of the Darfuri displaced and to increase the prospects for a return to North-South war as Darfur is temporarily muzzled."
 
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