19 Oct 2018

 

JMEC Calls On UN Security Council To Punish Ceasefire Violators

The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) has called on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to define clear consequences for those who willfully violate, spoil or derail the Peace Agreement in South Sudan.

JMEC Calls On UN Security Council To Punish Ceasefire Violators
JMEC Chairperson, H.E. Festus Mogae [File photo]

By Jale Richard

JUBA, 25 January 2018 [Gurtong]-
According to a statement obtained from the JMEC communications office, JMEC Chairperson, H.E. Festus Mogae made the call when addressing the UNSC on Thursday.

“For the revitalization process (of the ARCSS) to be successful and for it to have the value and meaning that we would all wish it to have, there must be a clear understanding among all South Sudanese leaders of the consequences of non-compliance and the determination of the world to ensure that the Agreements they sign are enforced,” Mogae told the UNSC.

“We cannot stand by as South Sudanese leaders sign an agreement one day and authorize or allow its violation with impunity the next,” he added.

He was addressing the Council via video tele-conference from the capital, Juba.

 “It is now time to revisit the range of practical measures that can be applied in earnest to those who refuse to take this process seriously and make clear to all concerned that the world will not tolerate any further disruption to our efforts to deliver peace,” he said.

This comes after the parties to the agreement traded several blames for violating the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement signed on December 24th in the Ethiopian capital Addis-Ababa, during the High Level Revitalization Forum convened by intergovernmental authority on development.
The government last week said it documented 31 violations of the agreement by the opposition forces, and blamed the ceasefire monitoring body, Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangement Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) for not reporting them.

The SPLA I-O under former first vice president Dr. Riek Machar had also blamed the IGAD, and the Troika for not doing enough to prevent the government forces in violating the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement.

The JMEC Chairperson cited the 28th Extraordinary Summit of the IGAD Heads of State and Government, communiqué issued on November 7, 2014, which listed enactment of asset freezes, regional travel bans, and the denial of the supply of arms and ammunition as consequences against violators of the then signed cessation of hostilities Agreement.

“Together, with one voice, we can challenge those who peddle violence and self-interest and we urge the TGoNU (Transitional Government of National Unity) and all parties to continue to engage in this inclusive, political process.”

Mogae said he was  “disappointed” that within days the signing of the Cessation of Hostilities in Addis, fighting and troop movements had been reported in Unity, Jonglei, Upper Nile States and Central Equatoria, causing further displacement and disturbance of civilians.

“I condemn these acts of violence and call upon all signatories to the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement to disseminate the terms of the agreement to their subordinate commanders and ensure immediate and consistent compliance,” he said.

The parties to the agreement are expected to rerun to Addis-Ababa in the first week of February to continue with the High Level Revitalization Forum.



 

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