Peace for Sudan?

Posted by Margarita Williams

A key US senator unveiled a bill Wednesday to cement Washington’s engagement with strife-torn Sudan through a January 2011 referendum that could see the South claim its independence.

“Sudan is facing a defining moment. While the Sudanese must own their future, the United States can help the parties find a peaceful path forward,” Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry said in a statement.

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Sen. John Kerry is joining President Obama and pushing for peace in the war-torn country of Sudan. The bill calls for  US aid for security and civil aviation in Southern Sudan but requires progress on good governance and accountability in return. It will be interesting to see if the U.S. government will be able to influence a country where most problems are solved with violence. After two decades of civil war, where about two million people were killed, I think it will be hard for the Sudan to look at the U.S. for advice on how to settle their issues.

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