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Nobody Home on Sudan

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Location: Washington, DC

Mr. WOLF. Mr. Speaker, more than three months since the departure of Sudan Special Envoy Princeton Lyman, this administration has yet to fill his position.

A June 11 UPI story covered a recently released Amnesty International report which underscored that, ``Indiscriminate bombing has been the Sudanese government's signature tactic in Blue Nile state, to devastating effect.''

Amnesty reported on the desperate humanitarian situation facing the people of the region--including acute food shortages and virtually non-existent access to medical care.

The report underscored the fact that an internationally indicted war criminal, Sudanese President Omar Bashir, continues to evade justice and concludes: ``With no accountability for past crimes, there is little deterrence for those of the present.''

I couldn't agree more which is why I attempted to restrict non-humanitarian foreign assistance to countries that diplomatically welcomed an architect of genocide in an effort to isolate a man who undoubtedly has blood on his hands. I offered an amendment to that effect to last year's appropriations bill--an amendment which the Obama Administration sought to defeat as the appropriations process moved forward.

These realities beg certain questions: What is this administration's policy on Sudan? Is it to isolate Bashir? Apparently not. Is it to pursue justice for the Sudanese people? Not if it risks ruffling diplomatic feathers. Is it to elevate the issue within our own foreign policy establishment? Not really--how else to explain a prolonged vacancy of the Special Envoy post?


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