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US Congress reps. seek to commemorate Sudan’s CPA

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By Daniel Van Oudenaren

January 20, 2010 (WASHINGTON) — Three Republican congressmen introduced a resolution in the US House of Representatives today to belatedly recognize the fifth anniversary of the signing of Sudan’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and call for "urgent and aggressive actions to establish peace in all regions of Sudan."

US Congressman Chris Smith (Reuters)

House Resolution 1019, as the measure is called, did not yet gain the approval of the House’s Democratic leadership.

The CPA, signed on January 9, 2005, marked the end of over two decades of war between the Khartoum government and Southern guerrillas. It established a six year interim period before a popular referendum on the independence of South Sudan. The United States, along with Norway and the United Kingdom, are guarantors of the fragile peace agreement.

Representative Chris Smith of New Jersey, the highest ranking Republican on the Africa and Global Health Subcommittee, submitted the resolution in the House of Representatives on Wednesday morning, referring it to the Foreign Affairs Committee. The lawmaker was also acting for Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Rep. Frank Wolf of Virginia, co-chair of the Sudan Caucus.

The resolution contains language similar to demands voiced by Rep. Smith on December 3, when President Obama’s special envoy to Sudan appeared before a hearing of the House. The congressman and his colleague Rep. Donald Payne (Democrat - New Jersey) at that time expressed dissatisfaction that the "benchmarks" of the Sudan strategy remain classified. He also asked the envoy, Scott Gration, to provide a briefing on the "secret annex" of the Administration’s strategy.

In this context, today’s resolution urges US policy makers to "establish and adhere to specified measures to be taken against the respective parties if and when they fail to implement the CPA in accordance with the terms and timeline established therein, and to implement a more robust set of multilateral measures against those individuals who act as obstructionists to peace…" The House Resolution makes additional recommendations that are similar to stated US policy aims, but which have not yet been achieved.

Sheri Rickert, a staffer of Rep. Chris Smith, said at a public event today at the Hudson Institute that one reason for the belatedness of the commemorative resolution was that the Congress had been in recess until January 12.

"We’ve spent the past week trying to encourage and cajole our Democratic colleagues to co-sponsor the resolution. After multiple requests, multiple offers to change language that they might object to – though we tried our best to keep it bipartisan – the only response we got back was either ’not interested’ or ’we don’t have time to look at it properly.’ So we really regret that we had to introduce it as [only] a Republican resolution. As has been said this has been and should be a bipartisan issue," she said.

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  • 21 January 2010 08:29, by Demarjack

    Good move the US Congress man for keeping you’re though with us and for the CPA implementation so that some wrong elements who might have wanted to jeopardize this peaceful agreement to their own benefit should be brought under the international community attention.
    The South Sudan will prove to the entire World that; it’s capable to stand on their own and get her freedom in 2011 during the referendum vote time. Its will prosper into the strongest democratic Nation whereby Dr. Lam and the others will be named the loser.
    God Bless you people of American and the CPA Lovers.

    • 21 January 2010 10:28, by Aduol Liet

      Chris Smith.

      We appreciate Congressman for your comment and the Southern Sudanese people are thankful to you so much. It was actual the Republican who brought that peace agreement to the end of civil war in two decades ago. Perhaps, we still need U.S. to help us in may ways, because there are many things that, are not absolutely going right now. I admire you for being a kind person to talk about this peace agreement which was held recently. and I admire you for being a good friendly and trustworthy, we have been under oppression government for many years and we thinks now it is time for Sudan government to endors democarcy system or they have to face seriously punishment in short time to come.

      The Sudan government led by indictment killer Omar al Bashir has been trying very hard to destroying the peace agreement, but the SPLM have been real keep that peace agreement alive up to this moment. We also thanks all the SPLM members wherever, they are in the Sudan, their commitment to peace process was been good otherwise, the so call guilty of National Congress Party would have throw a way the world witness of signing peace agreement papers in Kenya. We want U.S. and many others friends of ours to keep in touch with us in the future and now, again Congressman we thank you very much our friends and yes, your help is needed now.

      Aduol Liet.

  • 21 January 2010 13:58, by Ajak Yak Giet...

    Bravo bravo and bravo the Congressman Chris Smith for reminding newly elected American president Barak Obama about the implementation of the compherensive peace agreement (CPA) It is true that Obama didn’t come up to destroy whatever was done by G.Bush but to fulfill them...Your excellency,the president of US and indeed world Enigma,CPA is bearing to expiration zone and we need your immediate support to implement all the signed protocols before due time of validation..You have to side with the congress officials who knows so much about CPA move and should be realistic if you cooperate and let change touch the vulnerable people of South Sudan..

    By Jay..

  • 21 January 2010 18:14, by Time1

    Good move Mr Chris, your action is excellent for whole Sudan and its people, Obama is the right leader to emplement this actions to bring everylasting peace in Sudan.

    • 22 January 2010 01:31, by Bor Nhom

      When we agree on vital matters and take our grievences to be part and partial,then there will be no chaos in the South,comes rain comes shine.The CPA is already in place therefore we can thank American government with her allies for that.



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