The text of the letter follows:
September 10, 2002
The Honorable Colin L. Powell
The Secretary of State
Dear Mr. Secretary:
We are writing to commend your determination to resolve the impasse in the Machakos peace negotiations. As international humanitarian agencies working in Sudan, we would like to add our collective voice in support of these efforts. Clear, unrelenting and convergent pressure from the international community is needed now if the warring parties are to resume negotiations.
We strongly believe that there can be no military solution to the conflict. A just and enduring peace can only be achieved through negotiation. The recent military activity by both sides has created additional human suffering and undermines whatever trust may have been established during the talks between the warring parties. It is clear that a further escalation of hostilities would only deepen suffering and make the prospect of a peaceful settlement more remote.
- The international community to press
the parties to agree to a cessation of hostilities while negotiations are
- The international community, working
in partnership with regional governments, to use all of the political,
economic and diplomatic instruments at its disposal to push for a fair
and final settlement to the conflict.
- The U.S., other concerned governments
and multilateral institutions such as IGAD, the EU and the UN to construct
a clearly defined package of incentives and penalties so that the warring
parties can see the benefits of peace and the price of continued war.
- All parties to re-affirm and agree to ensure unequivocal humanitarian access to populations in need.
Peter D. Bell, President
Charles F. MacCormack, President
Save the Children
Dr. George Rupp, President
International Rescue Committee
Richard Stearns, President