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Press Statement
Philip T. Reeker, Deputy Spokesman
Washington, DC
August 7, 2003


Sudan: Talks Resume -- Time for Agreement is Now

The United States is encouraged that the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) peace talks on Sudan will resume on August 10 in Kenya, and that the parties to the Sudan conflict are continuing efforts to reach a comprehensive peace settlement. We remain committed to achieving a just and lasting peace in Sudan and believe that the IGAD peace process under the very capable leadership of the Kenyan Mediator, General (ret.) Lazaro K. Sumbeiywo, has made substantial progress over the past 14 months of consistent engagement.

The key substantive issues have now been put on the table. It is the responsibility of the parties to bridge the divide that separates them and to take the courageous decisions needed to reach a final agreement. As the U.S. Special Envoy, John C. Danforth, has made clear, the time to reach an agreement is now; the Sudan conflict has lasted far too long.

The United States has intensified its engagement in support of the IGAD process through increased senior-level involvement and the provision of additional resources and personnel.

Released on August 7, 2003

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