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Press Statement
Philip T. Reeker, Deputy Spokesman
Washington, DC
June 16, 2003


U.S. Urges Sudan's Leaders to Focus on Peace

The United States and the international observers to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development peace process call on the Government of Sudan and the Sudan's Peoples' Liberation Movement to demonstrate at this critical time the leadership and commitment needed to achieve peace and to end Sudan's 20-year civil war. The people of both south Sudan and northern Sudan deserve, and are demanding, no less.

The Intergovernmental Authority’s special envoy General Lazaro Sumbeiywo is working closely with both sides and has laid down an ambitious timetable for peace that calls for signing a just and viable peace agreement by August 14. The observers believe that this is attainable, but only if the parties to the peace process, concerned about the well-being and prosperity of all Sudanese, commit fully to peace, and reject the threatening rhetoric and political divisiveness that has for far too long been a part of Sudan's political landscape. The time for leadership is now.

Released on June 16, 2003

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