Pelosi: We Must Act Now in Darfur

Oct 1, 2007
Press Release

Pelosi: We Must Act Now in Darfur

Monday, October 1, 2007

Contact: Brendan Daly/Nadeam Elshami, 202-226-7616

San Francisco - Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement at the San Francisco Save Darfur Coalition divestment press conference this morning:

?Thank you, San Francisco Save Darfur Coalition, for your leadership on efforts to pressure the Sudan government to end the genocide in Darfur. Three years after the Bush Administration declared the situation in Darfur as genocide, the conditions continue to worsen. It is now estimated that as many as 400,000 civilians have been killed and up to 2.5 million people have been displaced. How many times can we say ?never again,? and then proceed to observe the systematic elimination of a people?

?While there has been some diplomatic progress, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir continues to delay the deployment of a robust and fully-funded international peacekeeping force, even after expressing ?unconditional acceptance? of an African Union/United Nations hybrid peacekeeping force of 17,000 troops and 5,500 police. The United States and the international community must use all available diplomatic and economic leverage to pressure the Khartoum government to allow the deployment of a new peacekeeping force.

?The American people are demanding an end to the genocide. State governments, universities and religious communities are leading divestment campaigns to ensure that money from American citizens will not go to a genocidal regime. I am particularly proud of the citizen efforts in San Francisco to persuade financial interests to use their leverage to end the genocide.

?In July, I was proud to support the Darfur Accountability and Divestment Act of 2007, which will authorize states to divest from Sudan, ban federal contracts to companies doing business in Sudan, and establish a list of foreign companies that conduct business in Sudan so that Americans know if they are inadvertently supporting the genocide.

?Passage of this legislation sends a clear message to the government of Sudan that we will continue to ratchet up the pressure until the genocide ends. We must act now while there is still an opportunity to save lives.

?Thank you again for your tremendous leadership.?