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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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Number Date Name
4278 Wed Jan 05 18:39:27 EST 2011 Melissa Hobley
4277 Wed Jan 05 18:11:54 EST 2011 Mohamed Adam
4276 Wed Jan 05 17:08:16 EST 2011 Rebecca Ring
4275 Wed Jan 05 13:25:24 EST 2011 Barbara Scott
4274 Wed Jan 05 03:08:54 EST 2011 Robin Brown
4273 Tue Jan 04 22:15:40 EST 2011 Cory Williams
4272 Tue Jan 04 16:50:22 EST 2011 Tsegaye Hidru
4271 Tue Jan 04 14:02:55 EST 2011 Diane Gandee Sorbi
4270 Tue Jan 04 12:10:30 EST 2011 Cheryl Nelsen
4269 Tue Jan 04 10:49:00 EST 2011 Robert Whalley Jr
4268 Mon Jan 03 13:00:19 EST 2011 Steven Landis
4267 Mon Jan 03 12:59:35 EST 2011 Griff Stone
4266 Mon Jan 03 12:21:28 EST 2011 Tsegaye Hidru
4265 Sun Jan 02 16:46:42 EST 2011 Anonymous
4264 Sat Jan 01 14:42:08 EST 2011 Kristin Hochmuth
4263 Thu Dec 30 08:00:29 EST 2010 Barbara Scott
4262 Wed Dec 29 23:07:57 EST 2010 Martha Wyatt
4261 Wed Dec 29 15:55:10 EST 2010 SPENCER ADAMS
4260 Wed Dec 29 14:58:28 EST 2010 Irene Budoff
4259 Wed Dec 29 14:51:41 EST 2010 Rod Downing
4258 Wed Dec 29 09:16:26 EST 2010 Nell Okie
4257 Wed Dec 29 08:33:36 EST 2010 Nancy Benpazi
4256 Wed Dec 29 07:44:20 EST 2010 ANDREAS SOLARO
4255 Tue Dec 28 19:28:57 EST 2010 Jane Trigg
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