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On January 9th, Southern Sudanese will vote on whether to secede from Sudan and form a new country. Many experts fear that this referendum, part of an historic 2005 peace agreement that ended Sudan’s civil war, may spark renewed large-scale violence. Referendum preparations are underway, as are high-level negotiations between the governments of Sudan and South Sudan on the key flashpoint issues that could spark renewed conflict.

At the same time, the situation remains bleak in Darfur, where reports of increased violence against civilians, a lack of access to many areas for humanitarian aid and peacekeeping forces, and ongoing human rights abuses signal a need for stepped up American efforts to bring peace to the region.

Sign the petition below. Your voice is needed for Sudan. Now.

Dear President Obama,

I am encouraged by your leadership in Sudan, particularly in the negotiations in Sudan leading up to the referendum on independence for South Sudan. However, additional key actions are needed to ensure peace and safety for all of Sudan. I urge you to include the steps laid out below as part of your strong push to create real peace in Sudan:

1. Make clear that the U.S. will issue swift and severe consequences if any party derails the referendum or instigates mass violence. These consequences should be determined and prepared for in advance, and be coordinated with other international actors.

2. Ensure flexible funds are available for contingency planning and emergency support; encourage key players in the international community including UN Security Council and European Union member states to make funds available for contingencies. This includes responding quickly to any major displacement within Sudan or refugee spillover into neighboring states.

3. Enhance peacekeeping forces' access and capacity to respond: Support efforts to stop obstruction of UNAMID peacekeepers in Darfur by the regime in Khartoum, and support deployment of additional UNMIS peacekeepers to flashpoint areas.

4. Share information about the organization or perpetration of violence as appropriate with peacekeeping forces and allies. The U.S. should be prepared to shut down military-related communication if necessary to prevent violence.

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4299 Thu Jan 20 03:38:33 EST 2011 Andrew Diffley
4298 Thu Jan 13 11:43:19 EST 2011 Andrew Greacen
4297 Tue Jan 11 22:55:04 EST 2011 Anonymous
4296 Mon Jan 10 22:31:33 EST 2011 Sarah Yeiser
4295 Mon Jan 10 04:08:22 EST 2011 Anonymous
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4293 Sun Jan 09 21:37:15 EST 2011 Katrina Vainisi
4292 Sun Jan 09 17:59:46 EST 2011 Geoffrey Rojas
4291 Sun Jan 09 13:12:42 EST 2011 Brett Crowley
4290 Sun Jan 09 10:26:08 EST 2011 Chris Kuznicki
4289 Sun Jan 09 08:04:23 EST 2011 megan huff
4288 Sat Jan 08 20:04:14 EST 2011 Andrew Brown
4287 Sat Jan 08 18:57:58 EST 2011 Mindy Ganz
4286 Thu Jan 06 10:19:29 EST 2011 devin bermudez
4285 Thu Jan 06 01:38:25 EST 2011 Stacey Kindred - Hesterly
4284 Wed Jan 05 23:52:25 EST 2011 Paul Slovic
4283 Wed Jan 05 22:58:34 EST 2011 John Gallagher
4282 Wed Jan 05 22:31:09 EST 2011 Lisa Jansen
4281 Wed Jan 05 22:30:37 EST 2011 Lisa Jansen
4280 Wed Jan 05 21:45:05 EST 2011 Anonymous
4279 Wed Jan 05 21:31:43 EST 2011 Margaret Noyes
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