JCPA welcomes new state in southern Sudan

February 9, 2011 13:17

WASHINGTON -- The US Jewish policy umbrella welcomed the emergence of a new state in southern Sudan, but said the international community must be vigilant in bringing about a broader peace.

"With the release of the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission’s results today, the world will soon wake up to a new and independent country in southern Sudan," the Jewish Council for Public Affairs said in a statement after the official results released Monday showed a decided majority favoring independence.

"And if the United States and international community can maintain the level of involvement and influence that brought us to last month’s successful referendum, then peace and calm in Southern Sudan will seem possible for the first time in decades."

Jewish groups have taken the lead on Sudan in pressing for rights for the country's minorities.

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