- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Rep. Frank Wolf, a longtime defender of human rights, has asked former President George W. Bush to play a bigger role in global hot spots, pleading with him to get involved in trying to sort out the problems in South Sudan.

Mr. Bush was in office in 2005 when Sudanese leaders signed a peace agreement that eventually led to voters choosing to become the independent state of South Sudan in 2011. But in recent months the country has teetered, with warring factions vying for power within the government.

“I know President Bush has tried to keep a low profile, but South Sudan is unique,” Mr. Wolf said.  “He helped give birth to the nation and is probably the only person who can get the two sides to come together.”

The congressman, a Virginia Republican who is retiring after this year, wrote a letter to Mr. Bush telling him he and his staff have the relationships and expertise to help mediate.

Unlike former Presidents Clinton and Carter, Mr. Bush has kept a fairly low international profile in his six years since leaving the White House.

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