January 20, 2010, 12:00 - 2:00 PM - Washington, D.C. Area
Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom, together with Voices for Sudan and the Institute on Religion & Democracy,
held a panel discussion:
Sudan's Comprehensive Peace Agreement: Five Years On
With Deng Deng Nhial and
Wednesday, January 20
This month marks the fifth anniversary of the signing of the historic Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) between the Government of Sudan and the opposition forces of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A). The long-awaited culmination of more than two years of grueling peace talks brought new hope to the war-torn country. As the CPA-mandated national elections and a referendum on the South’s secession near, that hope is rapidly dimming. The regime’s agenda of delay, deceit, and destruction is jeopardizing the agreement. Political, security, and border demarcation issues remain unresolved. Violence against South Sudanese civilians by Khartoum’s proxy militia groups also continues, with over 2,000 people killed in 2009 by militias and the Lord’s Resistance Army.
This discussion focused on the current condition of the CPA and the need for a strengthened and energized U.S. policy to save the agreement and support the South in its efforts to bring freedom and democratic governance to all of Sudan.
Deng Deng Nhial and Roger Winter
Due to travel delays, Hon. Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth was unable to make attend the discussion. He was replaced by Deng Deng Nhial, Trade and Investment Officer at the Government of South Sudan Mission to the United States.
Roger P. Winter has worked on issues of peace, war, humanitarian assistance, civilian protection, and advocacy in Sudan nearly three decades. From 1981 to 2001, he served as Executive Director of the non-profit U.S. Committee for Refugees. Between 2001 and 2006, he was Assistant Administrator of USAID and as the Deputy Secretary of State’s Special Representative on Sudan. Currently Mr. Winter advises the Government of Southern Sudan on a voluntary basis.
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