Press Release

October 19, 2009



Washington, DC –
U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, released the following statement in response to President Obama’s announcement of a comprehensive strategy to confront the “serious and urgent situation in Sudan”:

“I’m encouraged by the Administration’s continued resolve to end the conflict and human rights abuses in Sudan. We have a moral obligation to stop genocide wherever it occurs and help the people of Sudan achieve a level of security to which we are all entitled. We also must prevent Sudan from serving as a base for terrorist activity. 
“I agree with the fundamentals behind the President’s carrot-and-stick approach. The key here is accountability, while ensuring the basic needs of the Sudanese people who are suffering. Our incentives and sanctions must be based on concrete actions and conditions on the ground, including steps to implement the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and alleviate the suffering in Darfur.”