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TESTIMONY: John Prendergast on U.S. Sudan Policy

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TESTIMONY: John Prendergast on U.S. Sudan Policy

Posted by Enough Team on July 29, 2009


For Immediate Release
July 29, 2009
Eileen White Read, 202.741.6376


TESTIMONY: John Prendergast on U.S. Sudan Policy
Reminder: John Prendergast will host a global press conference tomorrow, Thursday, July 30, at 1:00pm EDT, to respond to the testimony of Sudan Special Envoy Scott Gration before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
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Conference I.D.: Enough Project

WASHINGTON, D.C. – John Prendergast, Co-founder of the Enough Project, testified before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa today at a hearing, Sudan, U.S. Policy and Implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.
In his testimony, Prendergast made the following points:
·         “U.S. leadership – multilaterally and when necessary unilaterally – will be an enormously influential ingredient in a successful transition to peace and democracy in Sudan.”
·         “Ending genocide in Darfur and fulfilling the promise of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement requires a comprehensive approach to Sudan rather than reactive crisis management.”
·         “In the absence of any agreement on the policy, U.S. diplomatic engagement has been energetic, for which Special Envoy Gration should be credited.  But the substance of this robust engagement has been fraught with missteps, lack of internal coordination, and an overall aversion to pressuring the ruling National Congress Party.”
·         “Sustained pressure leveraged by meaningful and focused sticks is the principal tool that has moved the NCP to change its behavior during the twenty years of its authoritarian rule.  This substantial track record of empirical evidence of the value of pressure makes the direction of U.S. diplomacy all the more questionable.”
·         “The Obama administration has resolutely worked to craft more formidable international coalitions to isolate North Korea and Iran for important U.S. policy objectives.  However, the U.S. is not doing the same for Sudan, despite the existence of a regime there that is responsible directly or indirectly for the loss of two and a half million lives in the South and Darfur.”
Prendergast’s full prepared statement can be viewed here.
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