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January 7, 2010

The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Department of State
2201 C Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20520

Dear Madam Secretary:

On behalf of B’nai B’rith International’s more than 200,000 members and supporters, we write on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) between north and south Sudan to urge increased U.S. leadership aimed at securing full implementation of the accord. We hope that this demonstration of American resolve will include the active, personal engagement of both President Obama and you.

America’s oldest Jewish organization, B’nai B’rith feels a special obligation to speak out against genocide wherever it occurs. We therefore have been active, since the Sudanese conflict began, in efforts to end the horrifying crisis in Darfur and help bring stability to the region. Since 2003, the world has witnessed staggering brutality in Sudan, with most experts agreeing that at least 300,000 people have been killed and perhaps up to three million displaced. The conflict is impacting surrounding nations, as refugees seek safety wherever available.

Last year B’nai B’rith welcomed the U.S. administration’s commitment to enforcing sanctions against the Sudanese government, combined with incentives for compliance with international demands, as a positive step toward ending the human rights crisis. A balance of pressures and incentives, along with the sustained attention of the U.S. administration at the highest levels, is needed to end the violence and permit implementation of the 2005 peace accord. We further support the administration’s pledge to furnish incentives to the Sudanese regime only upon witnessing verifiable progress, given the latter’s long record of broken promises.

As the fifth anniversary of the CPA nears, continued U.S. leadership is needed not only to facilitate concurrence on outstanding CPA issues, but to build the multilateral coalition necessary to foster such agreement and enforce compliance by both sides with their longstanding commitments. Meanwhile, a concerted effort by the U.S. and its international partners to press the Government of National Unity and National Congress Party for necessary legal reforms in the next few weeks is essential to the creation of an atmosphere conducive to free and fair elections in April. Holding legitimate elections this year would serve as evidence of the Sudanese government’s seriousness in pursuing peace and reconciliation.

Madam Secretary, we thank you for your cooperation and your personal attention to this crucial issue. B’nai B’rith looks forward to remaining in communication with you about this and other important matters of mutual concern in the months to come.

Respectfully,


Dennis W. Glick
Daniel S. Mariasching
President Executive Vice President

Dennis W. Glick Daniel S. Mariaschin President Executive Vice President