Open Letter to President Obama

Dear Mr. President:

The Sudan Advocacy Action Forum views with alarm the spiraling violence in South Sudan. Please take immediate action to help prevent a catastrophe reminiscent of the Rwandan genocide. We urge you to adopt Rep. Frank Wolf’s recommendation of appointing former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton to help negotiate a lasting peace in South Sudan and, in particular, to demonstrate that the fate of South Sudan is a U.S. foreign policy priority.

Last week, Navi Pillay, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, went to South Sudan. She met with President Salva Kiir and separately with the opposition leader Riek Machar. Based on her travels in country and meetings with U.N. personnel, she emphasizes the urgency of peace talks and more humanitarian assistance from donor countries. Navi Pillay concluded her remarks of April 30 saying, “How much worse does it have to get, before those who can bring this conflict to an end, especially President Kiir and Dr. Machar, decide to do so?” We believe it doesn’t have to get worse if the United States would step in on behalf of a negotiated peace process. We urge you to act immediately on behalf of the citizens of South Sudan.

Sincerely yours,

Dr. Eleanor Wright, Moderator

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