US to review assistance programs to S. Sudan

WASHINGTON, The US will initiate a comprehensive review of its assistance programs to South Sudan, the White House announced on Tuesday.

“While we are committed to saving lives, we must also ensure our assistance does not contribute to or prolong the conflict (in South Sudan), or facilitate predatory or corrupt behavior,” the announcement said.

Included in the review will be US support for the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Mechanism and other mechanisms intended to support the 2015 Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS), the statement said.

“We assess that the Transitional Government of National Unity in South Sudan is no longer inclusive,” the statement said. “The forced exile of key leadership representatives who signed the ARCSS further demonstrates the (Salva) Kiir regime’s cynical repudiation of the peace process.” The promotion of UN-sanctioned individuals to senior government positions, such as Jok Riak to chief of Defense Forces, demonstrates the South Sudanese government’s disdain for international norms.

The US “will condemn any unilateral effort of the current government of South Sudan to extend its power through sham elections, the legislature or continued military offensives,” according to the statement.

“Only an inclusive, negotiated agreement is acceptable as a means to extend the South Sudanese government’s term.

“The government of South Sudan has lost credibility, and the United States is losing patience. The people of South Sudan deserve a government that is able and willing to lead the country to a stable future,” it added.

Source: Kuwait News Agency