The U.S. Task Force on South Sudan has issued the following letter to the U.S. Congress:
January 10, 2011
The “U.S. Task Force on South Sudan” asks you to support the people of South Sudan’s referendum for independence. On Sunday, January 9, 2011, the people of South Sudan began a referendum process expressing their desire for freedom and separation from the northern regime in Khartoum – a regime which is on the U.S. list of states sponsoring terrorism and whose leader Omar Bashir was indicted by the International Criminal Court as responsible for the ongoing Genocide in Darfur.
This referendum is a historical development for both East Africa and the Middle East, a change that can bring peace and security to the region. This week is a critical moment for the universal value of freedom that we in the United States, like the people of South Sudan, hold dear. Your support for the new nation of South Sudan will strengthen this drive towards freedom.
See the full text of the letter and the growing list of signatories here.