As Genocide Continues in Darfur, Berkley Condemns Visit by Ambassador of Sudan
Congresswoman Shelley Berkley (D-NV) today released the following statement criticizing the Ambassador of Sudan's scheduled visit this evening to Southern Nevada. The Las Vegas World Affairs Council will host Sudanese Ambassador Khidir Haroun Ahmed tonight at its International Educator of the Year dinner in Las Vegas. An outspoken proponent for greater U.S. and world involvement to end the genocide in Darfur, Berkley has been working to raise awareness in Las Vegas about the plight of Sudanese genocide victims. The Congresswoman's statement opposing the Ambassador's visit is as follows:
"I am deeply troubled by the decision of the Las Vegas World Affairs Council to invite the Ambassador of Sudan to visit Southern Nevada when it is his own nation that is encouraging the slaughter of innocent families in the Darfur region. Rather than inviting the Ambassador to speak at an event honoring educators, we should be educating Nevadans about the atrocities that have been committed under the ruling regime in Sudan. And we should be denouncing, not embracing, the Sudanese government for its failure to halt the genocide in Darfur. The government of Sudan has allowed this genocide to continue unchecked and they share responsibility for the deaths of countless men, women and children. There is absolutely no excuse for the Sudanese government's refusal to end its policy of encouraging genocide against the people of Darfur and that is the message that the Ambassador needs to hear from Southern Nevadans when he visits," said Berkley, who serves as a member of the House International Relations Committee.