Thursday, January 04, 2007

Richardson Heads Back To Sudan This Weekend

Governor Richardson, at the request of the Save Darfur Coalition, is headed back to Sudan this weekend, utilizing once again his exceptional diplomatic skills to hopefully bring a conclusion to the violence in the region.
Gov. Bill Richardson will travel back to Sudan this weekend to urge the country to allow U.N. peacekeeping troops to enter the war-torn Darfur region.

The governor is making the trip at the request of the Save Darfur Coalition, which asked for Richardson’s help last month.


Richardson will meet with Sudanese officials Saturday to urge the acceptance of a joint peacekeeping force made up of troops from the United Nations and African Union forces, according to a news release from the governor’s office. He will also push for a cease fire.

“This is a crisis of incredible proportions. Millions of lives in the Darfur region are at risk from war, disease and malnutrition,” Richardson said in the release. “The U.S. has an opportunity to use leadership and diplomacy to help, and if I can play even a small part in that effort, I am ready to do it.”

While in Sudan, Richardson will travel to the Darfur region to make a personal assessment and will meet with humanitarian groups.

Richardson has coordinated his trip with Andrew Natsios, special envoy to Sudan for the U.S. State Department, according to the release. The Save Darfur Coalition is paying for the trip.

Tip of the hat to New Mexico blogger Heath Haussamen for being on top of the story. Heath references a press release, but as of this writing, it hasn't been posted to the Governor's website.


At 12:30 PM, Anonymous Lilith said...

Hey, Guys -

When you have details on the global Richardson meetup, would you give ARA a heads-up? I'll push it on the blog, and among locals.



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