Yet the need for the Special Envoy remains as acute as it was in 2006 In fact

Yet the need for the special envoy remains as acute

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He has not been replaced. Yet the need for the Special Envoy remains as acute as it was in 2006. In fact, with the upcoming Congolese elections on the horizon, the need for a Special Envoy may be more important now than ever. VII. Conclusion My testimony today is, in short, a plea to you to insist that the Executive Branch take the necessary steps to implement the key provisions of the 2006 law. I strongly believe that if we continue to place the Congo on the back burner of US policy it will come back to haunt us. The
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federal government may view the national budget as a zero sum game, but our morality, our sense of decency and compassion for our fellow human beings is not. It must not be. Recognizing one tragedy need not diminish understanding and empathy for another. Our basic sense of humanity and compassion is not at a fixed number. It expands with our vision, it can grow with our purpose, but our moral compass is fixed—our sunrise, our east, as a nation, even when we have failed, has always pointed us toward what’s right. Not what’s easy, not what’s cheap—but what we can live with when we go to sleep at night. The values we hold as true are priceless to us. They are the soul of our nation – rooted in our Constitution, our Bill of Rights, and our Declaration of Independence. We believe in being free from the tyranny of violence. We believe in life and liberty and we believe basic human rights are not just important, not a thing to be “worked toward”—but a fundamental right to be demanded for all mankind. These ideas make us who we are and they make us great. But if our foreign policy does not reflect those principles it undermines our ideals. I have seen firsthand the determination and promise of Congolese citizens. They want to live their lives in peace, earn a decent living, and raise their families just like any of us. They would like a voice in their countries’ governance. I will never give in to the attitude that Congo is hopeless or too complex. It is not. The seventy million people of the Congo deserve a better tomorrow, and the Eastern Congo Initiative, Cindy and I will work tirelessly to help. It is in the interest of all of us here to help the people of the Congo move forward towards democracy and respect for human rights and to move away from the multiple crises and horrors of the last fifteen years.
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Thank you very much. I am very happy to expand on any of these points in response to your questions.
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