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Clooney asks Obama to appoint special envoy for Darfur

George Clooney after meeting with President Obama      Photo, Washington Post

George Clooney after meeting with President Obama Photo, Washington Post

Following his trip to Sudan, George Clooney met with President Obama on Monday and asked the President to appoint a special envoy for Darfur. The Washington Post reports:

Clooney said he told the president of his visit to camps in Chad where 250,000 refugees live, but he downplayed the risks he took to witness the suffering first-hand.

“I don’t think people should be going there and coming back and saying how it affected them,” Clooney told King via satellite from the White House lawn. “I think somehow we should all know that these people are hanging on by the skin of their teeth.”

Clooney, a U.N. Messenger of Peace, said he asked the president to appoint a full-time regional envoy who reports directly to the White House, and to ask China to set aside its business interests in the region and pressure Sudan to prevent atrocities.

The refugees need “what we do best, what we have done best since the start of this country _ which is good, robust diplomacy all across the world,” he said.

Clooney said he delivered 250,000 postcards gathered by the Save Darfur organization to the president and Vice President Joe Biden. The actor said both were receptive.

Sounds like a good idea. It will be interesting to see if Obama responds to Clooney’s suggestion.

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Anthony Clark Arend is Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service in the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

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