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Monitoring and implementation of the peace process in Sudan

31 August 2004

Letter to H.E. Mwai Kibaki, President of the Republic of Kenya, 31 August, 2004



Your Excellency,

May I share with you the joy of the entire fellowship of churches all over the world,
united under the leadership of the World Council of Churches.

We are deeply gratified by the tenacity and resilience demonstrated by you in
this time of monitoring and implementation of the peace process in Sudan. We
in the ecumenical movement express our solidarity also with the ongoing negotiations
led by your government on the question of peace in Somalia. We believe
that the future of peace in this country will guarantee stability to the whole region
of the Horn of Africa. As you work tirelessly to ensure that the signing of the
basic protocols takes place in earnest, know that our prayers accompany you.

While the ecumenical movement has been monitoring the very hopeful developments
in Southern Sudan and in Somalia, reports started surfacing of the serious
atrocities taking place in Darfur, resulting in the international community referring
to the situation in the region as the worst humanitarian crisis in the world
today. The Darfur crisis is serious enough to raise concerns that the situation could
spiral into genocide, unless a political solution is found soon. Being fully aware
of your successful intervention in the situation in Southern Sudan and Somalia,
we appeal to Your Excellency to help find a lasting peace for Darfur. We believe
that should a political solution not be found for Darfur, it could undo the good
work done so far on brokering a peaceful solution to the Southern Sudan conflict.

We trust that the initiatives of our member churches in the region will complement
your efforts so that peace continues to flourish for the good and wellbeing
of the people of Eastern Africa. As the ecumenical movement representing moral
communities in Africa and the world, we applaud your partnership and vision
that affirms the human dignity and democratic values of all peoples. Again, we
assure you of our prayers and gratitude. May the good Lord continue to sustain
your good health and may the blessings and peace of God embrace you and the
people of Kenya for generations to come.

Yours sincerely,

Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia
General Secretary