Members of Congress Urge Kerry to Act

The Co-Chairs of the Congressional Caucus On Sudan and Sudan have called upon Secretary of State John Kerry to commit US resources toward a “sustainable solution” and “lasting reconciliation” to attain peace and security in South Sudan.

The joint leadership of Barbara Lee (CA), Michael McCaul (TX), Michael Capuano (MA), and Frank Wolf (VA) was joined on March 20 by fifty other Members of Congress in the call for “sustained high-level engagement…to broker a durable peace” in the the newly formed nation that has experienced violent upheaval since mid-December.

Citing the need to support January’s Comprhensive Peace Agreement crafted in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the legislators urged Sec. Kerry to “strategically elevate our diplomatic presence in the talks in Ethipoia” and to “engage other governments in the region to ensure that their actions support a peaceful resolution.”

The letter further urged that the Department of State use its influence with the Office of Criminal Justice and Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor to establish “an independent hybrid or mixed special court with both international and domestic representation … to hold perpetrators of grave human rights abuses accountable.”

The full text of the letter can be found at http://lee.house.gov/sites/lee.house.gov/files/South%20Sudan%20letter%20to%20Kerry-%20March%2020.pdf