This week, the State Department announced the appointment of Ambassador Dane Smith as the senior U.S. diplomat for Darfur. This has been a key ask by advocates, seeing the need for focused, on-going and high-level attention on Darfur during the days leading up to the referendum in the South. Thank Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the appointment of Ambassador Smith and let her know that there is no time to lose.
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Secretary Clinton: Violence is on the rise in Darfur, and there is the real threat of more intense deadly conflict. Ambassador Smith must move immediately to mobilize international partners in an all-out diplomatic push for peace and justice in Darfur. The government of Sudan must be made accountable for its support of violence, and there must be consequences for any that block peace. There must be unfettered access to all innocent civilians caught in the violence, and the rights of the displaced must be respected. Thank you for appointing Ambassador Smith. Now, there is no time to lose.