British think tank urges South Sudan to reduce military spending

South Sudan’s military parade at the country’s anniversary celebrations, at the John Garang mausoleum in Juba, South Sudan, Monday, July 9, 2012. (Photo Credit: Shannon Jensen for the Associated Press)

October 9th 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – A British based think tank, the European Foundation (EPF), has urged South Sudan’s government to reduce military spending and focus on peace-building in the world’s youngest nation.

South Sudan government has the highest military spending in East Africa since the eruption of the conflict in the world’s youngest nation in December 2013 despite huge economic challenges inflcited upon its economy as result of the war.

The think tank urged the South Sudan government and opposition troops to ceasefighting and focus on peace building to promote respect for life and human dignity, asserting that there’s a need for South Sudan leaders to reduce military spending and utilize oil revenues by supporting humanitarian activities.

“Europe Peace Foundation asserts the need for peace between the parties in the conflict, urging an atmosphere of dialogue and respect focused on the wellbeing of all humans. We call for a de-escalation of military expenditure and the use of income from oil sales to support humanitarian efforts and, most importantly, restore security so people can return to their homelands,” the think tank said.

The EPF pointed out that majority of locals who have grown up in rural areas are strong enough to farm for themselves, but protecting them from external threats can be done by providing protection forces.

“Most people in Sudan have lived a rural life where farming is essential for each family´s livelihood. People know how to farm their lands and can revive their crops, but there must be peace keeping forces securing areas for people’s safe return,” it added in a statement seen by the Nyamilepedia.

The same statement by the British think tank called upon United Nations to safeguard refugees seeking asylum in foreign countries as they are subjected to gross mistreatment by their host societies.

“In additional to the breakdown of food production caused by mass migrations, people in camps and displaced in foreign areas are often in a situation of conflict with other groups and with their host societies, creating further tensions and violence. We ask of all UN members to support peace keeping missions and help organizations deliver humanitarian aid securely by working with local governments on the safe-passage of returnees,” said the EPF.

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