US ambassador to UN says unfair distribution of resources in South Sudan is prolonging ongoing conflict

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley (File photo)

September 11th 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – The United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Monday that unfair distribution of national resources has dragged on the ongoing conflict in South Sudan.

The US diplomat was speaking before the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) briefing on corruption and conflict in New York on Monday.

She said as the corruption sustains and prolongs conflict,  the resources are the main driving source for the conflict in South Sudan and the South Sudanese rival tribes fight over who can control  South Sudan’s oil revenues.

“Corruption sustains and prolongs conflict. The ethnic divisions in South Sudan are real, but the driving source of the conflict is a fight over who will control South Sudan’s oil revenues, as we heard earlier today,” she told the UNSC.

She said peace will only materialize in the young African nation unless there is a equal distribution of national resources that is acceptable to all the South Sudanese.

“Until there is a way to transparently distribute national resources in a way that is seen fair by the South Sudanese people, the civil war will go on,” she added.

South Sudan descended into civil war in December 2013 after a national convention for the fractured ruling SPLM party leading to ethnic killings in the capital Juba against Nuer civilians.

The mass killings against the Nuer civilians in the capital sparked protests and anger among senior Nuer military officers leading to a civil war.