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June 18, 2023

Washington Post: Sudan's 'Coordinated' Genocide in Darfur Is Over, U.S. Envoy Says. President Obama's special envoy to Sudan, retired Air Force Maj. Gen. J. Scott Gration, said Wednesday that the Sudanese government is no longer engaging in a "coordinated" campaign of mass murder in Darfur, marking a shift in the U.S. characterization of the violence there as an "ongoing genocide." "What we see is the remnants of genocide," Gration told reporters at a briefing in Washington. Gration's remarks come as the Obama administration is finishing a review of its Sudan policy. The comments appeared to expose an emerging rift between Gration and Susan E. Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, who accused the Sudanese leadership of genocide as recently as two days ago. Advocates criticized Gration's assessment of the human rights situation. "It is incumbent that the special envoy sing from the same song sheet" as the rest of the administration, said John Norris, the executive director of Enough, a human rights advocacy group. On Tuesday, a U.N. human rights investigator, Sima Samar, accused Sudanese forces of continuing to carry out land and air attacks against civilians in Darfur, in violation of the world body's resolutions. She cited reports that Sudan's security forces have arrested and tortured human rights activist and aid workers.

Agence France-Presse: US wants world to 'rekindle' passion for southern Sudan peace. The US envoy to Sudan on Wednesday urged the international community to "rekindle" its passion behind a 2005 north-south peace deal in Sudan threatened by renewed violence. Scott Gration said a test of international commitment to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), signed in the Kenyan town of Naivasha, will come on June 23 when 30 countries and organizations attend a meeting in Washington. He said China, which has invested billions of dollars in Sudan's budding oil industry and is accused of supplying weapons to Khartoum, will be represented at the meeting by envoy Liu Guijin, whom Gration met last month in Beijing. Gration, who has also traveled to Sudan, Qatar and Europe to buttress the CPA and end fighting in the western Darfur region, said "we have a lot of work to do" ahead of a referendum on the south's future in January 2011. "We have to secure agreements on border demarcations, wealth-sharing, power-sharing," he said. "We have to make sure that all parties are involved to ensure that places like Abyei do not become the next war zone in Sudan."

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