Home | News    Tuesday 14 December 2010

Obama administration appoints senior advisor for Darfur

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

December 13, 2010 (WASHINGTON) – The Obama administration announced the appointment of a former diplomat to lead the U.S. efforts to resolve the seven years old conflict in the restive region of Darfur.

JPEG - 35.4 kb
Scott Gration, U.S presidential special envoy to Sudan, speaks to the media after meeting with Mohamed Ibrahim Khalil, chairperson for the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission (SSRC), after closing registration for the Southern Sudan Referendum, in Khartoum December 13, 2010 (Reuters)

Dane Smith, who was the former Deputy Chief of Mission in Sudan between 1986-1989, has an extensive experience in African including countries such as Liberia, Botswana and Guinea.

He directed the African Economic Policy Staff 1989-90 and was Chief, Food Policy Division, in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, 1979-81.

“Ambassador Smith brings more than three decades of Foreign Service experience to this job, including a tour as the deputy chief of mission right here in Khartoum, where I’m speaking from. He will also play a vital role in our diplomatic efforts concerning Darfur, as well as to help us implement our initiatives and programs in the field” U.S. special envoy for Sudan Scott Gration told reporters via teleconference today.

The move appears to be in response to calls by Sudan advocacy groups on the U.S. administration to appoint a full-time envoy to work on the Darfur conflict.

Obama came under heavy criticism after it was suggested last month that it will decouple the Darfur crisis from the list of demands by Washington to remove Sudan from the list of countries that sponsor terrorism.

On Monday, Gration urged all parties to lay down their arms in Darfur after a three-day visit to the region.

"We call upon all parties to commit to an immediate ceasefire, all movements to join the peace talks," Gration said in a conference call from Khartoum.

He insisted the Sudanese government bore the main responsibility for ensuring peace in the region, while also urging rebel groups to work towards ending the conflict.

"Too many people have died because some rebel leaders would rather continue fighting than negotiate a peace deal. This is unacceptable and should not be tolerated," Gration said.

In recent days Sudanese troops have attacked the only Darfur rebel group to have signed a peace deal with Khartoum in assaults that left one dead and several wounded, the joint UN-African Union peacekeeping force said.

Darfur has been gripped by a civil war since 2003 that has killed 300,000 people and displaced another 2.7 million, according to UN figures. Khartoum says 10,000 people have died in the conflict.

Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) faction leader Minni Minnawi signed a peace deal with the government of President Omar al-Bashir in 2006.

But a larger SLA faction, led by Abdel-Wahid Al-Nur who lives in exile in France, has refused to take part in the process.

The military powerful Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) suspended its participation in the peace talks last May hosted by the Arab Gulf state of Qatar after accusing the Sudanese army of breaching a cessation of hostility accord signed between the two sides.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 14 December 2010 14:20, by kitir

    This reasonable step will be quietly welcomed by people of Darfur who disappointed by the previous stances of United state who decided to shift eyes from Darfur and focus on South, we know the importance phase of south problem and need to work closely with emerging issues there, but neglecting Darfur has conveyed negative signals to arrogant NCP to dishonour it commitments towards the strive region, and set up so called the new strategy, to launch the remaining phase of killing by escalating the situation on ground, carrying out murderous air attacks against civilians on ground.
    The new envoy is highly demanded to stay in Darfur , observe the situation by himself instead waiting the reports from US as a practical way to deal with changing reality on Darfur, also his permanent presence with negotiating groups in Doha will push ongoing peace process a head.
    You welcome in Darfur

    repondre message

    • 14 December 2010 15:00, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      Hi US!

      You are welcome to Darfur though no improvement will be achieved.

      I would like to tell Kitir that focusing on Southern Sudan to produce stability is the best option that will bring a final solution to Dafur’s problems. It’ll be a joined force to handle NCP properly.
      Please you may not blame US for focusing on Southern Sudan.

      repondre message

  • 28 July 2012 17:45, by danaray79

    Truly impressive and nice information. Thanks for sharing. Essay Writing.

    repondre message

  • 26 March 2013 15:24, by dennishobson

    ukA68DIfpzoAbwCOKMsDQcXvHSH6Akcarros ssanyong deck madeira plastica composite decking I’m impressed, I must say. Really rarely do I encounter a blog that’s both educative and entertaining, and let me tell you, you have hit the nail on the head.

    repondre message

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.



Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


South Sudan needs citizens’ participation in politics 2019-09-14 18:11:41 By Biong Deng Biong On the 4th December 2012, Isaiah Abraham was tragically gunned down in cold blood outside his residence in the South Sudan capital, Juba. The gunman was apparently ‘unknown’. (...)

Has Thomas Cirilo realize the importance of the enemy of my enemy is my friend? 2019-09-09 13:29:06 By Clement Maring Samuel When I read a tripartite agreement signed by Gen. Thomas Cirilo; Gen. Pagan Amum Okiech; and Gen. Paul Malong Awan who represented their parties of SSNDA; R-SPLM, and (...)

President Kiir: The Nelson Mandela of South Sudan? 2019-09-09 12:44:31 By Biong Deng Biong There is no reservation that Nelson Mandela was a great leader, but how does President Kiir fair? More often, we focus on the negative performance of leaders while forgetting (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


S. Korea supports UN communities building resilience project in Sudan’s Blue Nile 2019-09-09 09:26:41 UNDP Sudan September 5, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - An agreement was signed on 5th of September between the Korean Ambassador, His Excellency. Lee Ki-Seong and Dr. Selva Ramachandran, Resident (...)

Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders back calls for civil rule 2019-04-26 10:22:06 Press statement by 55 Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders on Sudan Sit-in and Peaceful Protest Khartoum -24/04/2019 We, the undersigned (55) Sudanese lawyers and human rights defenders, (...)

South Sudan’s Lafon youth condemn killings of civilians by Pari community 2019-04-03 21:54:29 Press Statement on the Fighting between Pari/ Pacidi and Lotuko/Lokiri on 24/3/2019 Release by The Lafon County Youth Union: We, the Lafon County Youth Union hereby condemn the atrocities and (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2019 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.