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Focus on humanitarian assistance in South Sudan

South Sudan, the world's youngest nation, is embroiled in a conflict that began as a political dispute but has been intensified by pre-existing ethnic tensions. The number of casualties and refugees is straining government and international humanitarian efforts. Pressure must be applied to both the government of South Sudan and the rebel faction to reconcile peacefully.

The U.S. has a key role to play in the mediation efforts underway in Addis Ababa. South Sudan is one of the largest recipients of U.S. bilateral aid in sub-Saharan Africa, and the U.S. was instrumental in helping the young country gain independence and stand up its government. The U.S. should focus now on ending the conflict, political reconciliation, and humanitarian assistance.

The U.S. should seek to end the conflict as quickly as possible. Ongoing instability is not in the interest of the South Sudan, the U.S., or neighboring countries.

Source: Heritage Action 2014 voting recommendation on South Sudan , Jan 22, 2014

Link US funding to support of US policy in UN

Source: 2012 campaign website CandidateBriefing.com , Nov 1, 2012

Don't dilute US influence by expanding UN Security Council

Source: 2012 campaign website CandidateBriefing.com , Nov 1, 2012

Disallow Palestine from joining ICC to threaten Israel

Even though Israel is not a party, the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor is exploring a request by the Palestinian National Authority to prosecute Israeli commanders for alleged war crimes committed during the recent actions in Gaza. Palestinian lawyers maintain that the Palestinian National Authority can request ICC jurisdiction as the de facto sovereign even though it is not an internationally recognized state. By countenancing Palestine's claims, the ICC prosecutor has enabled pressure to be applied to Israel over alleged war crimes, while ignoring Hamas's incitement of the military action and its commission of war crimes against Israeli civilians. Furthermore, by seemingly recognizing Palestine as a sovereign entity, the prosecutor's action has created a pathway for Palestinian statehood without first reaching a comprehensive peace deal with Israel. This determination is an inherently political issue beyond the ICC's authority.
Source: Heritage Action voting recommendation against joining ICC , Aug 18, 2009

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