Influential American lobbyists want the USA to hit the government of Sudan financially by “going after the stolen wealth of the regime’s elite”. They also propose a new US envoy for Sudan, since the current Special Envoy is working for both Sudan and South Sudan conflicts.
“The US needs to intensify diplomatic efforts to help create a single, unified, broadly inclusive peace process across all Sudan”, John Prendergast and George Clooney of the Satellite Sentinel Project wrote in a joint statement entitled “Sudan’s Silent Suffering Is Getting Worse”.
Their appeal comes days after the USA, together with the United Kingdom and Norway, openly started to doubt whether Khartoum is acting in good faith, condemning the government of President Omar Al Bashir for increased repression of its own people. The formal integration of former Janjaweed-militia into the Rapid Support Forces under the command of the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) constitutes a critical change in Sudan’s politics, according to the American advocacy network leaders.
They assume that the US government will only gain influence in Khartoum, when it strips the Sudanese regime of its wealth: “The USA needs to rebuild its influence in Khartoum, and the best way to do that is through the regime’s wallet. The US government must give the Treasury Department the resources it needs to follow the money enabling mass atrocities, and enforce sanctions against complicit actors. Short of military intervention, which is off the table, going after the stolen wealth of the regime’s elite will grab their attention like no other action.”
The opinion leaders accuse the Sudan government of wresting control of natural resources and transferring the wealth of the country to top-level regime officials. “That stolen wealth then funds the Janjaweed, the internal security organs, and the Sudanese Air Force, and ensures that those brutal instruments of control are held by a small circle of ruling party officials.”
The founders of the Satellite Sentinel Project intend to pursue a forensic investigation, and expose the financing mechanisms of “this nexus of destruction”.
File photo: John Prendergast (L) and George Clooney during a press conference after a meeting with President Barack Obama in 2010 (zimbio.com)
Related: USA, UK, Norway blame government for ‘intensifying conflict in Sudan’ (11 June 2014)