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South Sudan asks Ethiopia’s Zenawi to address fiscal crisis

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March 31, 2009 (ADDIS ABABA) — The Presidential Affairs Minister of southern Sudan government, Luka Biong Deng, asked Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi to raise the issue of South Sudan’s fiscal crisis at the G-20 Summit in London on Thursday.

The Group of Twenty (G-20) is a gathering of finance ministers and central bank governors of the countries with some of the world’s largest economies. Ethiopia is not a member of the group but Meles is slated to take part to represent the African continent.

He received on Tuesday at his office Minister Luka Biong Deng, who delivered a message from the President of Southern Sudan government Salva Kiir Mayardit. Kiir’s message asked that Meles report on the fiscal crisis facing Southern Sudan at the G-20 Summit, according to the official Ethiopia News Agency (ENA).

The decline in world oil prices has reduced the revenue of the Government of Southern Sudan, which was founded in 2005. Last Friday the Governor of the Bank of Southern Sudan, Elijah Malok Aleng, and representatives of the World Bank and Joint Donor Team joined a cabinet session to discuss the negative impact of the global financial crisis on the semi-autonomous region’s 2009 budget.

After the cabinet session, Malok, custodian of GOSS money, indicated that the bank is almost empty and partly blamed the situation on financial irregularities by senior government officials.

Luka Biong, who had presented a memo on the crisis at the GOSS cabinet meeting, told Meles that the current global economic and financial crisis has been impeding the peace process in South Sudan, said to ENA a senior government official who attended the discussion.

Ethiopian official news added that the Sudanese minister commended Meles for his “relentless efforts geared toward the success of the peace process in South Sudan.”

“Meles reaffirmed to the minister that he will reiterate the existing crisis in South Sudan to participants of the summit, if the schedule of the summit permits to do so,” reported the official source.

(ST)

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  • 2 April 2009 14:42, by Yakulota

    That is a good move for the GoSS to be active in the international scene! I believe the visit of the delegation led by Mr. Pagan Amum to the US and this visit by Mr. Luka Biong show that the GoSS is awakening!

    On the other hand, I feel it is stupid that the first thing the GoSS does is to resort to begging! Come on even countries of the G20 have been affected by this financial crisis! And I strongly believe the GoSS should ask herself what measures are these countries implementing to shoulder the crisis!!!

    The GoSS should begin with cleaning her house before resorting to begging to fill that ’black hole’ where all the GoSS budget is going! Come on, what concrete and practical measures has the GoSS taken to overcome that the same high ranking officials stop LOOTING THE SOUTHERN SUDAN nation?????

    THE GOSS IS **** FOOLING AROUND while the National Congress Party (GOS) is stretching the World to her limits in order to protect her president Al-Basheer!

    IS THE GOSS REALLY STRONG ENOUGH to be a decisive partner to the NCP in the Governement of National Unity (GoNU)! ..no wonder they have been running away all the time!

    PUT YOUR HOUSE TOGETHER and then interact with external parties, s****!

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    • 2 April 2009 17:47, by pills

      I don’t think Ethiopians are foolish enough to fight in G-20 for the sake of the theives and looters in Juba. Mr. Luka Biong and Dr. Marial are part and parcel of the on going crisis in the South. To assist the thieves and looters everse their calamity is a day dream. The only solution is to force the top SPLM officials to return the money they have stolen. The SSLA must summon Mr. Elijah Malong the BOSS chief to give statement before the parliment, and avail the August house with the names of those who have withdrawn millions of Dollars from the BOSS.

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      • 11 April 2009 10:49, by Mango

        Dear Pills,
        You have said it all, I just want to add this, Mr Elijah should be put behind bars for the mess he has create by being very irresponsible custodian of our money. He shamelessly admitted that senior gov official cashed big cheques, Oh now reveal these people.
        Mango

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