Archbishop backs calls for new peace effort in Sudan

By staff writers
June 22, 2009

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams is backing calls for a renewed commitment to sustainable peace in Sudan, an area of the world he has visited and to which he has a strong personal commitment.

In a statement issued for the Sudan Day of Action last week, Dr Williams, spiritual head of the world's 77 million Anglicans, warned that peace in the war-torn country was being threatened by “unfulfilled” political pledges and delays to implementing the Comprehensive Peace Agreement which ended 21 years of civil war in 2005.

The Archbishop said there was an urgent need for the Sudanese Government, Sudan People’s Liberation Movement and the international community to demonstrate their renewed commitment to implementing the CPA.

He called for a continuation of the disarmament process and efforts towards a referendum in 2011.

“It is understandable and right that the continuing horrors of Darfur attract international attention. But we need to recognise that unless the commitments around the CPA are honoured, there is no chance of settling the conflict in Darfur,” Dr Williams declared.

“I therefore urge a renewal of commitment and a readiness to work for measurable results as soon as possible,” he added.

Dr Williams concluded with a call to Christians and people of goodwill to pray and work for a sustainable peace to be achieved throughout Sudan.

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