US senator calls for new American leadership in Sudan, South Sudan amidst crisis

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June 11th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – A United State senator has called on the State Department to appoint a new US special envoy for Sudan and South Sudan amidst political crisis in the two countries.

Democratic Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey who is as well a member of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, urged the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo in a statement seen by the Nyamilepedia to appoint a special envoy for the two country and an ambassador for the US embassy in Khartoum.

In Sudan, the hope for a peaceful transition toward democracy dims as military leaders cling to power, ignoring regional condemnation and demands for a handover to civilian rule. The violent June 3rd assault on the sit-in site was shocking,” Booker wrote in the letter.

Dozens were killed, hundreds were injured, and assaults against civilians across the capital continue. Khartoum has effectively become a city under siege by its own security forces and is spiraling toward a civil war,” he said.

A U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan could bring much-needed focus and leadership to bear in engaging the disparate array of international actors involved in the two crises. While relations between Sudan and South Sudan have improved in recent years, the civil war in South Sudan, the political crisis in Sudan, and the tenuous situation along their shared border are reminders the peace agreement between the two countries remains fragile as long as there is conflict in either country.”

This transnational nature of the crises in both countries requires the full-time attention of a diplomat who has the mandate to work across borders and coordinate a strategy to facilitate the resolution of multiple, interrelated conflicts in the two Sudans. Having both U.S. officials in place will demonstrate our commitment to pursuing peace and greater stability in the region.”

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