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THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 19, 2009

Statement of President Barack Obama on Sudan Strategy

Today, my Administration is releasing a comprehensive strategy to confront the serious and urgent situation in Sudan.

For years, the people of Sudan have faced enormous and unacceptable hardship. The genocide in Darfur has claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and left millions more displaced. Conflict in the region has wrought more suffering, posing dangers beyond Sudan's borders and blocking the potential of this important part of Africa. Sudan is now poised to fall further into chaos if swift action is not taken.

Our conscience and our interests in peace and security call upon the United States and the international community to act with a sense of urgency and purpose. First, we must seek a definitive end to conflict, gross human rights abuses and genocide in Darfur. Second, the Comprehensive Peace Agreement between the North and South in Sudan must be implemented to create the possibility of long-term peace. These two goals must both be pursued simultaneously with urgency. Achieving them requires the commitment of the United States, as well as the active participation of international partners. Concurrently, we will work aggressively to ensure that Sudan does not provide a safe-haven for international terrorists.

The United States Special Envoy has worked actively and effectively to engage all of the parties involved, and he will continue to pursue engagement that saves lives and achieves results. Later this week, I will renew the declaration of a National Emergency with respect to Sudan, which will continue tough sanctions on the Sudanese Government. If the Government of Sudan acts to improve the situation on the ground and to advance peace, there will be incentives; if it does not, then there will be increased pressure imposed by the United States and the international community. As the United States and our international partners meet our responsibility to act, the Government of Sudan must meet its responsibilities to take concrete steps in a new direction.

Over the last several years, governments, non-governmental organizations, and individuals, and from around the world have taken action to address the situation in Sudan, and to end the genocide in Darfur. Going forward, all of our efforts must be measured by the lives that are led by the people of Sudan. After so much suffering, they deserve a future that allows them to live with greater dignity, security, and opportunity. It will not be easy, and there are no simple answers to the extraordinary challenges that confront this part of the world. But now is the time for all of us to come together, and to make a strong and sustained effort on behalf of a better future for the people of Sudan.



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THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT!
THIS IS ANOTHER JOB THAT PRESIDENT BUSH SHOULD HAVE ATTENDED TO, BUT MEANWHILE BACK AT THE RANCH, AND HE IS ON THE RANCH PERMANENTLY NOW, BUT HE SHOULD HAVE HANDLED THIS BUSINESS ALONG TIME AGO!
TELL THAT TO FOX NEWS, THEY DON'T REPORT ON THIS TO OFTEN EITHER, FAIR AND BALANCED MY FOOT!

This a big step taken toward leading the world to take a closer look at Sudan and Darfur! Voting for President Obama was the best vote I have casted in my entire life. He has put the situation in the forfront so people would have to take a look. After 8 years of darkness, the greatest countri in the world, the US, stands for feedom and equality again!!! Good Leadership, Priceless!!

Phil, you fail to remember the hundreds of thousands who died in Rwanda under Bill Clinton's watch. Bush increased aid to Africa far more than any other President, including Clinton. Clinton got scared off by the Somalia incident, and chose not to pursue action in Africa after that. I agree with you that we should have had a far greater presence in Africa years ago to try and stop the tribal and sectarian violence. It is a worthy cause for the U.S. But please, get your facts straight and assign blame to all those who came before our current President. one day, in hindsight, you may also blame Barack Obama.

The goals of the administration and the whole strategy are admirable, but a lot of people are saying that the actual implementation of the strategy will be the key. This video shows a bunch of different media outlets talking about whether they think this will ultimately bring peace in Sudan. http://www.newsy.com/videos/u_s_shifts_sudan_policy

this has been going on for awhile and while bush should have done more he tried something.you have tto relize that after WW2 everyone said never again to genocide and yet we keep letting it happen.

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