S. Sudanese official links ending war to restoring economy

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August 6, 2017 (JUBA) - A member of the Jieng (Dinka) Council of
Elders (JCE) has called for an end to the ongoing conflict in South
Sudan, saying it was the only way of restoring the country’s economy.

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A pipeline that transports crude oil from the south to Port Sudan (Reuters)

Aldo Ajou Deng Akuey, in a statement published in a local daily
newspaper, attributed the collapse of the country’s market economy to
several factors, including halt in crude oil production.

“What the country needs at this stage is to make peace with itself,
rehabilitate the damaged social fabric, politics, economy, restoration
of national institutions, democracy and the rule of law, and move from
here to there”, he told The Dawn newspaper.

Since its independence, South Sudan has relied on oil for all income—a
situation that has significantly compounded ongoing political and
economic instability due to the fall in crude oil prices.

South Sudan got the lion’s share of the oil when it split from Sudan
in July 2011, but it’s only export route is through Sudan, giving
Khartoum leverage and leading to ongoing pricing disputes.

According to South Sudanese officials, production in the past reached
as high as 350,000 bpd but fell after a dispute with Sudan over fees
for pumping South Sudan’s crude through Sudan’s export pipeline, which
led South Sudan to halt production in 2012.

Even after restarting production, it never recovered to those levels,
but it dropped to 245,000 barrels per day after the outbreak of the
civil conflict in South Sudan in 2013, which hindered production in
the oil-rich areas of the north.

“Anybody sitting back these days and posing blames and counter blames
on individual directors or a minister is outside the true situation in
South Sudan. The director of the Nile Pet, young or old, former or
present should not be blamed. Or can any law enforcement agent charge
or arrest traders who tried to benefit from the scarcity they did not
create,” stressed the JCE member.

He added, “It is time, however, to acknowledge and agree to the fact
that, we (politicians) have contributed to the physical destruction of
our country, thus rendering our people into miserable lives and
unprecedented sufferings”.

Inflation in South Sudan has reached more than 800% and the government
is increasingly unable to pay its civil servants and the military
forces.

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    7 August 07:35, by dinkdong

    ". . . ending war to restoring economy." Duh, you just figured it
out now? Bunch of losers.

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    7 August 08:21, by Joseph Canada

    Idiots who have no brains to think. You Jienge started the war.
Tou thought it wont affect you too? You behave like a hytempered child
who pick the tone and hit his his younger brother, then when he sees
him bleeding he start reggretting his own actions.

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    7 August 08:26, by Eastern

    Aldo Ajou Deng Akuey is dead wrong!! The war has ENDED (don’t ask
me how or when...). Ask the old man why some of the oil fields are not
producing crude oil for export. Ask the old man again why South Sudan
still needs a Regional Protection Force to provide security along
major highways, especially the Nimule-Juba highway. With China and
Russia 100% behind Kiir, why is South Sudan running aground.

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        7 August 09:27, by South South

        Eastern,

        You are another old man who cannot really produce any good
idea anymore. Aldo Ajou is speaking as a member of Council State,
which is part of the government. He is stating his own personal idea.
Not only China and Russia are 100% with South Sudan. Regional
countries are with us too that why Reik is parked in South Sudan.

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    7 August 09:17, by Lenin Bull

    War and strong/good economy are antitheses. Roads blocked by
rebels or criminals, no agricultural activities, civilians have run
away from their villages leaving redundant villages with no economic
activities, etc, SPLA-Io burned down oil fields, etc. Who then will
make miracle to improve the economy in the midst of all these
negativities? Uncle Aldo Ajou you are right 100%.

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    7 August 09:24, by Lenin Bull

    I wish the Dinka Ageer switch off the only breast feeding South
Sudan with oil money and let us see whether we will still have a
country, government, or even economy to to talk about. The same oil
money coming from Ageer Dinka areas in Paloch is being corrupted and
stolen by thieves embedded in government in Juba.

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    7 August 09:30, by Lenin Bull

    Let war stop so that agriculture, live stocks, fishing, oil fields
reopen, normal trading activities within South Sudan and between South
Sudan and neighbors will resume. Peace will also convince some friends
of South Sudan among the rich nations to pour more money into our
economy thus improving the economy more. PEACE is the magic formula
folks to our improve our economy but not Salva Kiir,

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    7 August 09:36, by Lenin Bull

    Not Riek Machar, not Lam Akol, not Deng Athorbei, not Stephen
Dhieu. Be reasonable folks.WAR is master of poverty and those
communities or tribes that still worship war are backward and
primitive. Conduct an academic intellectual research in the region and
further afield on war poverty and you will prove me right especially
meaningless wars like SPLA _IO war fueled by superstitution of
NGUNDAENG.

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