Friends,

This year you made hundreds of calls and sent even more emails to the Government of Canada, encouraging our leaders to make peace in Sudan a priority. Yesterday, in a statement welcoming the latest commitment made by the JEM to negotiate a ceasefire with the Government of Sudan, the Canadian government stated that “Sudan is one of Canada‚Äôs foreign-policy priorities.”

Thanks to your help Sudan will remain a priority in 2011. Let Minister Cannon know that you appreciate that Canada is doing this.

With the South Sudan referendum less than 20 days away, the people of Sudan will enter 2011 facing new changes and challenges. The aftermath of the referendum will be a tense time regardless of the outcome. A report issued this December by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development recommended that Canada send a high-level delegation to Sudan immediately following the referendum. It should include Canadian Members of Parliament, and visit both North and South Sudan. The delegation should assess the needs on the ground to determine how Canada can best help the region. Stand supports this recommendation.

This holiday season, please devote a few minutes of your time to the people of Sudan. Send our leaders an email encouraging them to continue their support of peace in Sudan by sending a high-level delegation in the new year.

Wishing you all a joyous holiday season,

Elham Bidgoli

Principal Director
Stand Canada

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