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DeWine Applauds President's Appointment of Natsios As Special Envoy to Sudan

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Contact: Andrew Langworthy

U.S. Senator Mike DeWine (R-OH) today applauds the President's decision to appoint former administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, Andrew Natsios, as a special envoy for Sudan to work towards a diplomatic end to violence in the Darfur region. In June, Senator DeWine was the lead Republican sponsor of the Biden-DeWine Amendment to the Emergency Supplemental bill, which established the office of the special envoy.

"I'm very pleased to see today that President Bush will appoint a Special Envoy for Sudan," said Senator DeWine. "I've said before that it is a true tragedy that in September of 2006, the horrendous conditions and continued violence look very similar to that which first caught our attention in 2003. Despite a recent peace agreement that was reached in May, the violence on the ground has continued unabated and in recent months has escalated beyond a crisis point. The government in Khartoum continues to reject a United Nations peacekeeping force that is desperately needed despite a recent Security Council Resolution to authorize such a force. I know Andrew Natsios well and it is my hope that he will bring the necessary focus and energy on behalf of the President of the United States to bring, once and for all, a resolution to this conflict."

Senator DeWine has consistently called for an end to the genocide in Darfur, and has worked to improve the humanitarian conditions there. Last week, Senator DeWine was the lead Republican sponsor for the Biden-DeWine Senate Resolution (S. Res. 559), which called on the President to take immediate steps to stop the violence in Darfur. He also cosponsored an amendment to the May 2005 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act that imposes sanctions against perpetrators of crimes against humanity in the Darfur region. This provision became law May 11, 2005.

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