Middle East

South Sudan challenges US watchdog's report on corruption

  • Actors George Clooney, left center, and Don Cheadle, right, during a press conference to discuss an investigation about corruption in South Sudan at the National Press Club in Washington, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Actors George Clooney, left center, and Don Cheadle, right, during a press conference to discuss an investigation about corruption in South Sudan at the National Press Club in Washington, Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Friday, April 29, 2016 file photo, the then South Sudan's First Vice President Riek Machar, left, looks across at President Salva Kiir, right, as they sit to be photographerd following the first meeting of a new transitional coalition government, in the capital Juba, South Sudan. A new report Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 by a U.S.-based watchdog group accuses South Sudan's rival leaders of amassing wealth abroad amid a conflict in which tens of thousands have been killed. (AP Photo/Jason Patinkin, File)

    FILE - In this Friday, April 29, 2016 file photo, the then South Sudan's First Vice President Riek Machar, left, looks across at President Salva Kiir, right, as they sit to be photographerd following the first meeting of a new transitional coalition government, in the capital Juba, South Sudan. A new report Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 by a U.S.-based watchdog group accuses South Sudan's rival leaders of amassing wealth abroad amid a conflict in which tens of thousands have been killed. (AP Photo/Jason Patinkin, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Thursday, July 9, 2015 file photo, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir, left, accompanied by army chief of staff Paul Malong, right, waves during the independence day ceremony in the capital Juba, South Sudan. A new report Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 by a U.S.-based watchdog group accuses South Sudan's rival leaders of amassing wealth abroad amid a conflict in which tens of thousands have been killed. (AP Photo/Jason Patinkin, File)

    FILE - In this Thursday, July 9, 2015 file photo, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir, left, accompanied by army chief of staff Paul Malong, right, waves during the independence day ceremony in the capital Juba, South Sudan. A new report Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 by a U.S.-based watchdog group accuses South Sudan's rival leaders of amassing wealth abroad amid a conflict in which tens of thousands have been killed. (AP Photo/Jason Patinkin, File)  (The Associated Press)

South Sudan's government is challenging a new report by a U.S.-based watchdog group that says the country's leaders have amassed wealth abroad amid a conflict in which tens of thousands have been killed.

A spokesman for President Salva Kiir says the allegations by The Sentry report "can only jeopardize the pursuit of peace and stability in my country where mutual distrust and lack of authority are key factors of violence."

Ateny Wek Ateny's statement questions whether the report's sources really exist, and he says the allegations will be challenged.

The report by The Sentry, which was co-founded by actor George Clooney, charged that the civil war is being fueled by competition among rivals over national resources such as oil.

The United Nations says the conflict has produced a million refugees.