Gration recently returned from a trip to Sudan, Ethiopia, and Egypt, where he helped secure and witnessed the signing of an agreement between the Sudanese People's Liberation Movement and the National Congress Party to implement more steps toward a comprehensive peace deal. He then struck an accord between four Darfuri armed movements while in Ethiopia.
An adviser to one of the main groups in the coalition, Omer Ismail of the Enough Campaign, accompanied Gration on the Ethiopian leg of the trip.
In emails to his public listserv for Darfur updates, Gration talks about the need to work with U.S. Darfur groups and take their input. "We have a moment of great opportunity. It is time for all of us who care deeply about the future of Sudan to work together to seize this moment. The opportunity of the present may not come again, and we will be left out at sea, if we don't act now," Gration writes.
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