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MUST READ: Sen. Kerry: Diplomacy has chance in Sudan

April 29, 2009

Check out Sen. John Kerry’s Boston Herald op-ed, “Diplomacy has chance in Sudan”.

Money quote:

The visit reinforced my conviction that broad and direct engagement is the best way to promote peace in Darfur and throughout Sudan. We must start by recognizing realities on the ground. The violence of 2003 and 2004 has declined substantially, but the consequences of the genocide remain unresolved. Expanded sanctions and coercive measures against Sudan remain an option. But a new White House has given us a chance to put sustained diplomacy to the test, which strengthens the force and reach of sanctions if diplomacy fails.

Kerry’s comments regarding the substatntial decline in Darfur violence mirrors the recent comments of Rodolphe Adada, the joint U.N.-African Union special representative to Darfur, to the U.N. Security Council.

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