Thursday, August 16, 2007
Thank you for contacting me with regard to S.831, the Sudan Divestment Authorization Act. I appreciate hearing from you.
It is my strong conviction that the genocide in Sudan's Darfur region must end, and it must end now. I am absolutely committed to doing everything I can as a U.S. Senator to stop the killing and ensure that this genocide becomes the world's last. Toward this end, I supported S.Res.276, which passed the Senate unanimously on July 31. This resolution calls for the U.S. and the international community to raise the forces and contribute the air and ground vehicles and equipment that is needed. In addition, the resolution stresses the need for high level diplomacy to forge a comprehensive peace settlement. In the event that Khartoum does not stand by its commitments, the resolution calls for meaningful measures, including no-fly zones and multilateral sanctions.
Moreover, I have signed on as a co-sponsor of the Sudan Divestment Authorization Act. If enacted, S.831 would authorize any state to adopt measures to prohibit any investment of state assets in the Government of Sudan, or in any company with a qualifying business relationship with Sudan, during any period in which the Government of Sudan and its officials are subject to international sanctions authorized under the Sudan Peace Act. I believe this legislation would intensify the pressure on the Sudanese government to put an immediate end to their deplorable human rights abuses, and I share your hope that it becomes law.
I have also signed on to a bi-partisan letter to President Bush calling for a permanent UN representative to be stationed in Khartoum and report directly to the US Secretary General. In my view, putting more UN personnel on the ground in the Sudanese capital will provide for more accountability and demonstrate the world's commitment to securing a lasting peace in Darfur and throughout Sudan.
Again, thank you for taking the time to share your views.
United States Senator
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