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.