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Press Statement
Adam Ereli, Deputy Spokesman
Washington, DC
November 19, 2004


United Nations Security Council Meeting in Nairobi

The United States welcomes the signing of a Declaration between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan Peopleís Liberation Movement, and the passage of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1574.  The Declaration reaffirms the partiesí commitment to expeditiously conclude the Comprehensive Peace Agreement by the end of the year, while the resolution underscores the international communityís support for the peace process and for an end to the violence in Darfur.  The Security Councilís extraordinary efforts on Sudan helped energize the parties and have generated momentum for the final weeks of the negotiations.

 

For over three years, the United States has been working intensively with the parties to complete the North-South peace talks, which will resolve the 21-year civil war that has claimed two million lives and displaced four million people.  Rapid conclusion of the talks will also provide a political basis for resolution of other conflicts in Sudan, including in Darfur.  The United States is committed to helping to implement a comprehensive peace.  However, it remains our policy that United States assistance will depend on both the completion of a comprehensive peace agreement and securing a just and viable solution to the tragedy in Darfur. 

 

The Security Council meeting in Nairobi highlighted international demands for an end to the violence and atrocities in Darfur.  We urge the parties to the Darfur conflict to fully implement the security and humanitarian protocols agreed to in Abuja, Nigeria on November 9, comply with the efforts of the African Union to monitor the ceasefire, and protect non-combatants in accordance with international humanitarian law. 

 

2004/1264

Released on November 19, 2004

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