Photo of the Week: Ambassador Rice Leads UN Security Council Visit to Southern Sudan

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
October 15, 2010
Ambassador Rice Visits Sudan

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Today's Photo of the Week illustrates the U.S.' -- and the greater international community's -- commitment to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Sudan. In the photo, U.S. Representative to the United Nations Susan Rice visits the southern Sudanese police training academy in Rajaf, as part of a recent UN Security Council trip.

In remarks to the Security Council on October 14, Ambassador Rice said, "[C]learly the critical message of the trip, and the purpose, was to underscore the international community's unity in its commitment to see the comprehensive peace agreement in Sudan fully implemented, and implemented on time, particularly the provision for the conduct of referenda on January 9th, 2011, so that the people of the South and the people of Abyei have the opportunity to choose their future."

Ambassador Rice led the portion of the trip to Southern Sudan. She said, "When we arrived in Juba on October 7, crowds lined the street outside the airport to welcome the Security Council as we drove to meet with South Sudan President's Salva Kiir. During that meeting, President Salva Kiir told the Council that people are 'gripped with fever' for the referendum. He said that expectations in the South are very high, and that people are focused on the referenda date of January 9, 2011."

You can read more about Ambassador Rice's trip to Sudan here.



Edrie I.
Maryland, USA
October 15, 2010

Edrie I. in Maryland writes:

I thank Ambassador Rice for her continuing efforts to aid the people of Southern Sudan, Abyei, and Darfur.

Unfortunately, these efforts appear to be falling on deaf ears within our own government. During the recent MTV Town Hall meeting, President Obama spoke of the genocide in Darfur in the past tense - despite continuing and now escalating violence in that region by marauding janjuweed, the acceptance by the al-Bashir government of the LRA in Darfur and Southern Sudan, and bombings directly by or supported by the al-Bashir government.

It is not enough for the United Nations or the United States to say they support the CPA. It is not enough to provide incentives to Khartoum to act within the norms of a civil society to protect its own citizens rather than murder them. There must be clear, enforceable, and enforced consequences for continued and new human rights violations.

Only when the world community stands up against the human rights violations and crimes against humanity perpetrated in all part of Sudan by the agents and actors of the Government of Sudan, will the people of this beleaguered country be safe. Until then, unfortunately, trips like the recent one by the UN Security Council to Sudan raise hopes without follow-through, and perpetuate a sense of abandonment and hopelessness.


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