Washington, D.C. – The Genocide Intervention Network / Save Darfur Coalition (GI-NET/SDC) called on President Obama today to use a scheduled January 19 meeting with China’s President Hu Jintau to advance China’s commitment to peace and security in Sudan.

In a letter to President Obama the organization wrote:

“The positive engagement of China will be as critical as ongoing United States’ involvement to the future of north and south Sudan.  Given its strong economic ties, China holds great diplomatic leverage when it comes to Sudan and, for China, supporting the establishment of long-term peace must be seen as critical to their economic interests. “

“We urge your discussions of these issues and encourage the U.S. and China to issue a joint statement addressing critical issues such as the road forward on post-referendum arrangements.”

The letter called for the United States and China to publicly commit to not stand in the way of UN sanctions against any party instigating violence in Sudan, and to call on all parties involved in the conflict in Darfur to join negotiations being held in Doha or an alternative neutral location agreed upon by those parties.

In the letter, GI-NET/SDC also urged President Obama to encourage China to stop their sale of weapons to the Government of Sudan until hostilities in Darfur end, to coordinate diplomatic efforts with the United States and international partners to pressure Khartoum and intransigent rebel groups to make tangible progress on peace negotiations, and to increase its economic transparency, particularly in relation to oil contracts in Sudan.

Read the full text of the letter

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The Save Darfur Coalition and Genocide Intervention Network merged on November 1, 2010 to create a more powerful voice dedicated to preventing and stopping large-scale, deliberate atrocities against civilians. The organization remains committed to its work to end the crisis in Darfur and bring peace to all of Sudan as well as to end violence in other areas of mass atrocities such as Congo and Burma.  The merger creates the world’s largest anti-genocide organization, with a membership base of hundreds of thousands of committed activists globally, an unparalleled nationwide student movement, more than 190 faith-based, advocacy and human rights partner organizations, and a network of institutional investors with over $700 billion in assets under management.

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