The Fifth Anniversary of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Sudan

Posted by Scott Gration
January 9, 2010

About the Author: Major General (Ret) Scott Gration serves as the President's Special Envoy to Sudan.

This Saturday marks the fifth anniversary of the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). The CPA has provided the foundation for peace, and it was only possible because of the leadership and political will of the parties in Sudan, combined with the robust support of the international community. There have been real signs of progress, but not enough to secure a lasting peace. The parties in Sudan now have a choice: to intensify efforts to work together to achieve peace, or to face the prospect of increased violence and renewed war.

2010 will be a critical year for Sudan. The historic national elections are coming up in April, and the referenda on self-determination for Southern Sudan and Abyei are just around the corner in January 2011. Time is truly of the essence.

This morning Secretary Clinton spoke about the CPA anniversary and the importance of this vital year for Sudan. Transcript and video of the Secretary's remarks and the Q&A that followed is available here. A written joint statement was also issued today to mark the CPA anniversary by Secretary Clinton, Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, and United Kingdom Foreign Secretary David Miliband. That statement is available here. And the White House released a statement which can be found here.

We will continue to work with the parties in Sudan and the international community to secure the peace and stability the Sudanese people deserve. Thank you for your continued interest, Scott.



South Korea
January 9, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

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Regina G.
January 10, 2010

Regina G. in Norway writes:

What we in the South need is the for the USA and other nations to let us determine our future, not outsiders, just as your founders wanted to determine your destiny.

I view one of the problems with US policy towards Sudan as our Northern sisters and brothers are viewed as having a more strategic value than we Southerners, a sad and untrue proposition.

If the US people could wake up and see those of us in the South share similar culture, language and religion, they would gain an invaluable friend. We would be a devoted and trustwothy and long term friend to nations that have helped us through war and transition. What western-oriented people in the world speak English and Arabic fluently, know Islamic law and culture and know the true meaning of democracy.

Please think about how the South is treated in your Foreign poicy, learn our true value.

Khalid A.
January 27, 2010

Khalid M. writes:

Continued US engagement is very important for stability and peace in the coming months .So far the special envoy has done a great job .He should be supported by:

1-The International community should deliver what it promises.The joint doner fund did not help health faciluties in the South for 5 Years according to reliable NGOs.

2-Sanctions on Sudan should be eased


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