President Obama's Message to the People of Sudan and South Sudan

Posted by Grant Harris
April 21, 2012

In these videotaped remarks, President Obama sends an important and very clear message to the people of Sudan and South Sudan: conflict is not inevitable. The people of Sudan and South Sudan still have a choice, a chance to avoid being dragged back into war. Sudan needs to halt all military actions, including aerial bombardments; give aid workers unfettered access to people in need; and end support for armed groups. Similarly, South Sudan must end its support for armed groups inside Sudan and cease its military actions across the border. All parties fighting -- including in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile States -- must recognize that the only way to achieve real and lasting security is to resolve their differences through negotiation.

President Obama is gravely concerned by the situation in South Kordofan and Blue Nile, especially as the violent clashes continue along the shared border with South Sudan. He continues to urge all sides to exercise maximum restraint and to emphasize the importance of finding peaceful solutions for Sudan and South Sudan. The President is deeply committed to seeing Sudan and South Sudan become two economically prosperous states living side-by-side in peace.

The people of Sudan and South Sudan have endured extraordinary hardship over years of war. But in recent years, against great odds, they have made tremendous progress toward a future of peace. The future of Sudan and South Sudan belongs to them and, as President Obama makes clear in his remarks, those who have the courage to walk the path of peace will have a strong and steady partner in the United States of America.

Editor's Note: This entry appeared first on the White House Blog.



South Korea
April 21, 2012

Palgye in South Korea writes:

President Obama want to re-election Sarkozy strongly , I think.

but, problem is

-In fact, in 2008 in the United States, Americans are passionate about Obama, the candidate with an interest in Hollland in France is similar, I think.

When defeat Sarkozy, also President Obama seems to be a difficult situation.

I expect election go to May...

Abdulazeez i.
April 21, 2012

Abdulazeez in Nigeria writes:

Obama worn the two sudan government not to fight

Melissa T.
Georgia, USA
June 13, 2012

Melissa T. in Georgia (U.S.A.) writes:

The situation in Sudan appears to be growing more grave, with a humanitarian crisis growing among the Nuba people trapped in the mountains without food or defense from a bombing camnpaign that is being characterized by some observers as ethnic cleansing. While the U.S. cannot solve every problem on the planet, we must be a consistent voice for justice, and I urge President Obama and Secretary Clinton to use every tool at their disposal to press for an end to violence in Sudan and an influx of food aid to let the the Nuba people know they are not forgotten.


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