Yet U.S. policy has coupled generous humanitarian assistance with unfulfilled threats and feckless diplomacy. The situation in Darfur is evolving rapidly. Clearly, the next President will be faced with a different, yet still difficult, situation in Darfur. Iv) Implement and robustly enforce, with NATO, a no-fly zone. The United States should also signal its readiness to strike Sudanese military and intelligence assets, including aircraft and airfields, if necessary. Recommendations The U.S. government should immediately take the following five steps: i) Impose tougher sanctions on Khartoum: freeze dollar-denominated oil transactions; pursue comparable sanctions in the UN Security Council or, failing that, with the European Union; keep sanctions in place until Sudan allows the full and unfettered deployment and operation of the UN-AU force. V) Finally, Congress should authorize the use of force in order to end the genocide. Download Position Paper (PDF) Download Fact Sheet (PDF) Opportunity 08 aims to help 2008 presidential candidates and the public focus on critical issues facing the nation, presenting policy ideas on a wide array of domestic and foreign policy questions. Ii) Support efforts to unify the rebel groups and negotiate a durable ceasefire and political agreement to end the conflict. iii) Speed deployment of the UN-AU force by training, equipping, airlifting, and otherwise supporting the rapid deployment of UN battalions: contribute specialized capabilities and equipmentsuch as helicopters, night vision capability, command, control, communications, and intelligence (C3I) capabilitiesto.
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