(Washington, D.C.) – The White House announced yesterday that U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan, General Scott Gration, has been nominated to become the Ambassador to Kenya.  It is expected that President Obama will appoint a new Special Envoy in the coming weeks.

Sam Bell, Executive Director of Genocide Intervention Network/Save Darfur Coalition, issued the following statement:

“Violence in Darfur is escalating and the peace process is threatened.  At the same time, Sudan is entering a critical period of transformation into two new nations, both of which face serious challenges that will require high level engagement by the new Special Envoy. We anticipate with great urgency the appointment of a new Special Envoy to Sudan who possesses the diplomatic experience, familiarity with Sudan, and gravitas necessary to make tangible progress toward peace and justice in all of Sudan.

“We expect the new Special Envoy to pressure the Government of Sudan and other key stakeholders to prioritize human rights, ensure the Darfur peace process is put back on track, and promote democracy and good governance. A rush to reward Khartoum will not help resolve the challenges affecting Sudanese – not just in Darfur but throughout Sudan.”

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