As an activist, a concerned American, and a supporter of the Save Darfur Coalition, I write to urge you to help reinvigorate and coordinate international diplomacy aimed at ending the genocide in Darfur during the upcoming summit in Paris.
I have recently learned about the unprecedented opportunity for the United States to join with France and China and form a diplomatic "troika" heading a new Contact Group of influential nations to end the crisis in Darfur. Such a coordination of international diplomatic efforts, complemented by the President's recent announcement of "Plan B" sanctions, could help bring real pressure on Khartoum to end its war against the people of Darfur.
It is clear that influential nations such as the U.S., France, and China could accomplish more working together than they have thus far by working separately. It is also clear that it is in each country's best interest to help end the conflict, build a lasting peace, and help bring stability to Sudan. And yet to date, none has done as much as it could.
The opportunity to launch that new initiative is upon you, with the "expanded Contact Group" meeting the French government has convened for June 25 in Paris. That meeting needs to begin a permanent process of sustained and coherent diplomacy to supplant the four years of ineffective and disjointed international engagement that has allowed needless death and suffering in Darfur to continue unchecked.
Effective international diplomacy and American leadership are long overdue for the people of Darfur. We urge you to support where possible and lead where necessary the efforts to coordinate international diplomacy towards Sudan. Strong and coordinated leadership from the U.S., France, and China could end this genocide. I hope that you therefore make the most of your opportunities to create that multilateral leadership during, and after, your upcoming trip to Paris.
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