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Tue Jun 18, 2013, 07:05 PM

John Kerry appoints ex-Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold as special envoy to Africa’s Great Lakes [View all]

Source: New York Daily News

Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Tuesday that he has chosen former Sen. Russ Feingold as the new U.S. special representative for the Great Lakes region of Africa and the ongoing crisis in the Congo.

Congo’s government and rebels, known as the M23, have been negotiating in Uganda since December under a regional bloc, but the talks have often been set back by accusations over who is responsible for rampant violence in Congo’s North Kivu province.


“The suffering in the Great Lakes region of Africa and the ongoing crisis in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo continues to trouble all of us greatly,” Kerry told reporters.

“We are convinced that we have to help the parties find a path to a lasting peace, to a permanent cessation of hostilities and to the disarmament and demobilization of M23, accountability for human rights abuses and, finally, a breaking down of the barriers that are standing between humanitarian aid and the civilians who need it.”



Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/russ-feingold-named-special-envoy-africa-great-lakes-article-1.1375827



Feingold chaired the Africa subcommittee in the SFRC and he was incredible in his concern for human rights violations and other things. He championed the cause of people in the Congo long before others spoke of it. This is a fantastic choice on Kerry's part and Feingold could be incredible in this.

Senator Feingold and Senator Kerry were allies for a long time when both were on the committee. During the Bush years, Kerry, Feingold, Boxer were right in a row - so in hearings they often reinforced each others points or acted on any openings Kerry created.

When Feingold ran for re-election refusing DSCC money, he did approve Kerry sending a personal message to JK's list supporting him and directing people to RF's web site to donate. I thin k it was after he left that Kerry spoke of his intellect and his conscience.

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