Garrett Urges U.S. Ambassador to End Violence in Darfur
Called Khalilzad Prior to United Nations Security Council Visit to Darfur
Yesterday, on the eve of the United Nations Security Council's visit to Darfur and the release of the International Criminal Court's report on the region, U.S. Representative Scott Garrett urged the U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Zalmay Khalilzad, to condemn the Government of Sudan for disregarding numerous United Nations Security Council Resolutions. Garrett called on Khalilzad to work toward releasing a UN Presidential Statement criticizing the Government of Sudan for obstructionism.
"Now that the U.S. has assumed the presidency of the UN Security Council, it is time to hold Sudan accountable for its repeated defiance of UN Security Resolutions," stated Garrett. "Thousands of Darfurians have been killed and millions displaced, while the government in Khartoum refuses to cooperate with peacekeepers or bring the perpetrators of violence to justice. This complete disregard for human life must be stopped. I will continue to push the United States and United Nations to fight for the people of Darfur."
Garrett, a member of the Congressional Sudan Caucus, also recently joined 54 bipartisan Members in sending a letter to President Bush urging him to work toward resolving the situation in Darfur.