U.S. initiates review of South Sudan aid

- Mei 08, 2018

The U.S. is beginning a comprehensive review of its aid programs to South Sudan over the country’s lack of progress toward resolving in its ongoing civil war.

The White House on Tuesday cited South Sudan's elevation of officials sanctioned by the U.N. and exile of others who signed a 2015 peace accord for initiating the review.

“The Government of South Sudan has lost credibility, and the United States is losing patience,” the White House declared in a statement.

The U.S. is South Sudan’s largest donor of humanitarian assistance, but it has grown frustrated with the worsening crisis in the world’s newest country. It imposed an arms embargo on South Sudan in February, and has sanctioned leading individuals and oil-linked entities multiple times.

The U.S. called for a transitional government that would encompass South Sudan’s warring ethnic groups and include a system of checks and balances. And it said the upcoming evaluation of assistance programs would focus on making sure U.S. aid is not contributing to the war.


“The United States Government will not continue in a partnership with leaders who are only interested in perpetuating an endless war characterized by ethnically-motivated atrocities,” the U.S. said Tuesday.

The prospect of famine is threatening South Sudan, where 7 million people are at risk of severe hunger without food aid.


 

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