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Reform Jewish Leader Commends Passage of Both Funding for Darfur Peacekeeping and the Darfur Peace and Accountability Act

Saperstein: “This past week has shown the resolve of our government to support the people of Darfur, [but] our action and our voices cannot stop with the end of the Congressional session this week.”

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Washington, DC, September 29, 2006 – In response to passage of the 2007 Defense Appropriations Bill including $20 million for African Union peacekeepers in Darfur, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

Today, the Senate followed the House of Representatives in passing H.R. 5631, the 2007 Defense Appropriations bill, including $20 million to support the “African Union Mission in Sudan” (AMIS) peacekeeping activities. These welcome extra funds will help provide essential support and resources for the African Union troops to continue their efforts to monitor the violence of Darfur. We also commend Congress for Monday’s passage of H.R. 3127, the Darfur Peace and Accountability Act, which will provide much needed funding for humanitarian and peacekeeping efforts while strengthening the sanctions against those individuals found responsible for the horrific violence.

While this past week has shown the resolve of our government to support the people of Darfur, our actions and our voices cannot stop with the end of the congressional session this week. We must continue to push for the deployment of United Nations peacekeeping troops and increased funds for the region to ensure that the violence does not continue on our watch. This week’s legislative successes and the recent appointment of a special envoy to Sudan demonstrate the important impact Americans can have as they work together to bring and end to the atrocities in Darfur.

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