Troika Nations Deny Threat to Stop South Sudan Funds
A group of major donors to South Sudan have denied reports they threatened to starve the country of funds unless the controversial 28 states decree was revoked.
A letter addressed to Juba, allegedly from Troika nations, was leaked to the media last week. The letter supposedly called for the 28 states to be revoked and two top officials of the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank to be fired.
Troika denies threatening Juba
A statement released on Tuesday by the embassy of the United Kingdom in South Sudan appears to deny reports of any threats made to Juba.
“The Troika wish to clarify that the allegation of having sent a letter demanding changes to Government positions is false,” the statement reads. “The Troika and its partners remain committed to working with the Transitional Government of National Unity, and all its Ministers, to ensure a coherent approach to the economic challenges faces by South Sudan.”
The Troika includes the US, the UK, Norway and a number of other nations from the international community – some of South Sudan’s most important donors.
Funds vital to South Sudan
South Sudan’s deteriorating economy means it can’t afford to lose out on essential funds from major donors. It’s understood a number of donors are already hesitant to send funds to the world’s youngest nation as the successful implementation of its peace deal remains elusive.
The controversial 28 states decree is one of various political barriers believed to be standing between South Sudan’s transitional government and lasting peace. President Salva Kiir announced the decree late last year, despite the peace deal stating the country should be divided into 10 sates. The regional shuffle has led to a number of fresh border disputes between the newly drawn states. Meanwhile, some economic experts have warned the 28 state system isn’t financially viable.