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Death of Sudanese First VP John Garang


Death of Sudanese First Vice President John Garang


Secretary Condoleezza Rice
Washington, DC
August 1, 2005


I offer my condolences on the tragic death of Sudanese First Vice President John Garang to his wife, Rebecca Garang, his family, and to the people of Sudan.

I had the privilege of meeting with Dr. Garang on several occasions, most recently during my visit to Sudan on July 21. He was a man of great intellect and energy, and he applied those qualities to achieving a just peace for the people of Sudan. His efforts were instrumental in ending the 22-year civil war and offering the hope of democracy and a unified country.

I welcome the fact that the parties to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement have reemphasized their commitment to its full implementation. The United States remains firmly committed to the cause of peace in all of Sudan, including resolution of the humanitarian crisis in Darfur.

We call on all parties to work toward Dr. Garang's vision of a unified, prosperous, and peaceful Sudan.

2005/751

Released on August 1, 2005

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