Committee on International Relations
U.S. House of Representatives
Henry J. Hyde, Chairman
CONTACT: Sam Stratman, (202) 226-7875 May 12, 2003
For IMMEDIATE Release
Is Peace Within Reach in Sudan?
BACKGROUND:In March of 2001, Secretary of State Colin Powell told members of the House International Relations Committee, "... there is perhaps no greater tragedy on the face of the Earth today than the tragedy that is unfolding in the Sudan." Since then, the National Islamic Front government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) have reached various agreements in tough negotiations aimed at ending the devastating war in Sudan, though many issues remain to be resolved. Last year, President Bush signed the Sudan Peace Act, which requires the President to determine and certify in writing every six months that the Sudanese government and the SPLM/A are negotiating in good faith to reach a permanent, just, and equitable peace. Failure by the government alone to do so triggers the imposition of several punitive measures against it. On April 21, President Bush reported to Congress, " that the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement are negotiating in good faith and that negotiations should continue." The President also reported, "Both sides have made significant progress negotiating a just and comprehensive peace for the people of Sudan." This hearing is focused on the Sudan Peace Act Report.
WHAT:Oversight hearing, Reviewing the Sudan Peace Act Report
WHEN: 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 13, 2002
WHERE: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building
WITNESSES: Walter H. Kansteiner III, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. Department of State; and Andrew Natsios, Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development.
Questions to be raised during this hearing:
What is the U.S. policy alternative should peace negotiations fail?