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Cablegate: Spla Cash-Strapped, Pound Foolish

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SUBJECT: SPLA CASH-STRAPPED, POUND FOOLISH

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exposed following his death. While recent events in Abyei have
served to solidify unity within the ranks of the SPLA and may make
soldiers more tolerant of late pay, the SPLA has burned through
nearly $400 million in just six months, an alarming rate by any
measure. Much of this is for pay, but it is also possible that the
SPLA is arming itself as much as possible while oil revenues
continue to flow from the North, in preparation for the day when
conflict may resume and oil transfers may stop. That may not be a
bad idea at all on the face of it, but there is an efficient way to
do this and an ill-disciplined, sloppy way and the SPLA seems to
have followed the latter.

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