For Immediate Release, November 17, 2011
Contact: Allison Sturma, 202-429-4725
(Washington) – As part of its continuing work in Sudan, the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) organized a workshop on “The State and Direction of the Darfur Peace Process” on November 15-16. The gathering sought to evaluate the current status of the Darfur peace process and develop ideas for achieving a comprehensive, inclusive, and durable peace.
Held in consultation with the U.S. Office of the Special Envoy to Sudan, the workshop brought together Darfur stakeholders and experts, including representatives of major Darfur armed movements, civil society leaders, and representatives of countries and organizations deeply involved in the peace process.
In a statement after the workshop, the U.S. Department of State said that "the workshop produced frank and constructive discussions on Darfur and served as a unique opportunity to foster dialogue among some of the key stakeholders."
“This workshop was an opportunity for many of the main actors in the Darfur conflict to discuss the way forward and how to build on existing initiatives,” said Jon Temin, director of USIP’s Sudan program. “We believe that the conversations were productive, candid and geared toward achieving a lasting, peaceful solution to a war that has lasted too long.”
The Darfur workshop builds upon USIP's strong commitment to fostering peace and promoting stability in Sudan and South Sudan. Since 2005, USIP has also worked on resolving border issues, promoting the rule of law, and engaging the Darfur diaspora.
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