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Press Statement
Richard Boucher, Spokesman
Washington, DC
May 20, 2002


Sudan Envoy John Danforth's meeting with President Bush

Special Envoy for Peace in Sudan, John Danforth, met with President Bush today to discuss prospects for peace in Sudan. The President thanked Senator Danforth for his help on this important issue and for the progress he has made on behalf of Sudanese civilians suffering from the civil conflict.

Senator Danforth's report to the President recommends that the United States engage energetically in efforts to end the conflict in Sudan, a conflict that has left two million dead and uprooted another four million. Consistent with this recommendation, the Administration is focused on means for achieving a just and viable peace in Sudan. We intend to actively support the efforts of the Kenyan-led peace process of the regional Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). We will be working with other key international players, in particular Great Britain and Norway, to ensure that this effort succeeds and the conflict is ended. We also look forward to working closely with regional neighbors, particularly Egypt.

A just and viable peace depends first and foremost on the cooperation and support of the warring parties. The parties must be prepared to comply fully and completely with all agreements reached. We will hold the Sudanese government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement strictly accountable for the implementation of the humanitarian agreements that have already been made, particularly the agreement banning intentional attacks against non-combatant civilians and the Nuba Mountains cease-fire. In this regard, AID Administrator Andrew Natsios is departing shortly for Sudan, where he intends to visit the Nuba Mountains regions to evaluate humanitarian requirements and review compliance by both sides.


Released on May 20, 2002

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