"Long history has proven that the Sudanese government is quite willing to agree to anything but is slow to come through on their agreement if ever," he said. "If Sudan yet again promises one thing, and delivers nothing, that there is some consequence to that."
Meixner feels the administration has not done enough to build support in Africa and elsewhere for a more united front in the region against Sudan.
As a senator, President Obama visited camps housing Darfurian refugees in Chad, and during his campaign for the White House, Obama pledged to galvanize world attention on Darfur. But since taking office in January, his administration has yet to articulate a plan to do so.
In March President Obama tapped former Air Force General Scott Gration as his special envoy to Sudan, tasking him with resolving the Darfur conflict. Gration has traveled to Sudan twice since his appointment, most recently in early May, and he briefed President Obama on his first trip in April.
"Sudan is a priority for this administration, particularly at a time when it cries out for peace and for justice. The worsening humanitarian crisis there makes our task all the more urgent," President Obama said in a statement announcing Gration's appointment.
A State Department spokesman said today that Gration will leave this weekend for a whirlwind tour of countries, from China to Paris, Russia and elsewhere, to build support for "aligning the Darfur peace process effort under the UN African Union."