Kofi on Sudan

THIS is a make-or-break year for Sudan, Africa’s biggest country. In Oslo this week, donor countries pledged $4.5 billion in aid to Sudan, but while I applaud the donors’ generosity, promises alone are not enough. . . .

In this watershed year for Sudan, it is vital that the international community move speedily to provide the resources to consolidate a fragile peace in the south, and to protect civilians from recurring violence in Darfur. We know what we need: money to help win the peace in the south, more African Union boots on the ground to help end the atrocities in Darfur, and political pressure to settle the conflict. It’s that simple, and that essential.

The rest of the op-ed at the NY Times is here. One could parse some of the language here and wonder why he wasn’t more explicit about who and what but it was a good thing for Kofi to do and it’s a tough job he’s got with the running the UN thing.