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MultiVu Digital Center: U.S. Helps Push Darfur Peace Process Forward Along with Normalizing Relations Between Chad and Sudan. Upcoming National Elections May Enable Every Sudanese with Voting Qualifications, Voting Access.

 

MultiVu Digital Center: U.S. Helps Push Darfur Peace Process Forward Along with Normalizing Relations Between Chad and Sudan. Upcoming National Elections May Enable Every Sudanese with Voting Qualifications, Voting Access.

 

Dateline: WASHINGTON, March 4

 

FORMAT: Soundbites-(4) TRT: 3:07

 

STORY SUMMARY: Remarks by Special Envoy to Sudan Scott Gration on his recent trip to Chad, Sudan, Qatar, and Rwanda.

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: Available at http://thedigitalcenter.com/projects/1562-us-helps-push-darfur-peace-process-forward-along-with-normalizing-relations-between-chad-and-sudan-upcoming-national-elections-may-enable-every-sudanese-with-voting-qualifications-voting-access

 

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SOUNDBITES (4)

Scott Gration, Special Envoy to Sudan

BITE 01 (RT :32)

Summary: Special Envoy Gration’s trip to Darfur pushes peace process toward solution and resolution of remaining CPA issues. Normalization of relations between Chad and Sudan realized with talks with Chadian officials.

 

(Gration) The trip focused on pushing the Darfur peace process toward a solution and ugh toward resolving the remaining CPA issues. My talks in Ndjamena with President Debi and other Chadian officials focused a lot on the recent Chad Sudan agreements and the normalization of relations between these two countries. These steps will absolutely be critical in resolving the Darfur conflict.

 

BITE 02 (RT 1:02)

Scott Gration, Special Envoy to Sudan

Summary: The US supports a comprehensive peace process and works tirelessly with international parties. The newly formed liberation and justice movement must have a clear voice in Doha negotiations as well as the Diaspora and refugees, Darfuri Civil Society, and IDPS.

 

(Gration) The framework that was signed between Ndjem and the government of Sudan offers us an important opportunity to significantly reduce violence in Darfur, but it must include the other rebel groups to be all inclusive. The United States has worked tirelessly with all the parties, and with the international partners to facilitate the negotiations to find the common ground between the rebel groups and to speed this process toward an early agreement that can be implemented on the ground. The United States supports a peace process that is inclusive, that is comprehensive and we believe that the newly formed liberation and justice movement which represents most of the non Ndjem rebels, must have a clear voice in the Doha negotiations. The Darfuri civil society, the IDPs, the Diaspora and the refugees, must also have a voice in this process.

 

BITE 03 (RT :34)

Summary: In Kigali, International Partners and Unimid focus on core mandate of security; problems of banditry and lawlessness must be dealt with swiftly if the people of Darfur are to see improvement in their security environment.

 

(Gration) In Kigali, we had an excellent opportunity to focus the international partners and Unimid on their core mandate, which is to provide security and to protect the civilians in Darfur. While the agreements that are being negotiated in Doha are critical to achieving a lasting peace, the problems of banditry and lawlessness must be dealt with quickly if the people of Darfur are to see real improvement in their local security environment.

 

BITE 04 (RT :37)

Summary: On national elections, Gration urges authorities to ensure every eligible Sudanese meeting qualifications to vote, has the right and access to vote.

 

(Gration) As you know the national elections are scheduled for next month and significant preparations have been made to endure the elections will really reflect the will of the people, but we remain concerned about some of the logistical challenges that must be resolved in the very near future. I continue to urge authorities at all levels to make sure that every eligible Sudanese that has met the qualification to vote, has the right and the access to vote in this political process.

 

VIDEO PROVIDED BY: U.S. Department of State

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION OR HARD COPY, PLEASE E-MAIL: digitalcenter@multivu.com

 

Media Contact: Debra Schackner, +1-202-504-6404, SchacknerDE@state.gov

 

/PRNewswire — March 4/

 

SOURCE

U.S. Department of State


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