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Feingold expresses reservations
about effectiveness of Sudan accord
,  Jan. 10, 2005

U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis), ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Africa, expressed reservations about the effectiveness of the peace agreement signed over the weekend between northern and southern factions in the Sudan.

"While I join people around the world in welcoming an end to the brutal north-south conflict in Sudan, I have little confidence in the Government in Khartoum, and I see no reason to believe that a north-south peace agreement will awaken that government to its responsibility to protect all of its citizens," Feingold said in a statement issued today from Algeria. "We must find more effective ways of addressing the crisis in Darfur." 

Feingold arrived in Algeria on Sunday, Jan. 9, saying "it is vitally important that American officials make an effort to reach out and listen to Muslim communities around the world. We cannot fight global terrorist networks without partners. And real partnership requires mutual understanding and respect."

In a news release, Feingold said he will discuss with Algerian officials their experiences with counterinsurgency; in Mali will discuss ways the U.S. can reach out to Africa, and, in Chad, will tour camps set up for thousands of refugees from the Darfur region of the Sudan, 

"I will be meeting with the Darfur mediation team in Chad and hearing directly from Sudanese refugees about their experiences," Feingold said.

 Donald H. Harrison