20 Mar 2019

 

South Sudan Ceasefire Monitors Condemn Attack On Its Team Near Juba

South Sudan’s Ceasefire monitoring body has said it was attacked near Juba by South Sudan government security forces on Tuesday.

By Ojwe Lumara

JUBA, 19 December 2018 [Gurtong]
-“The Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (CTSAMVM) condemns the 18 December 2018 attack on the Juba Monitoring and Verification Team (MVT) by TGoNU security forces in the Luri Area,” a statement released by the body said.

This is the first major incident involving the government of South Sudan and the ceasefire monitors since the signing of the peace agreement in September this year. The incident happened amidst reports of fighting between government forces and the opposition National Salvation Front (NAS) of Thomas Cirillo which did not sign the Revitalized peace Agreement.

CTSAMVM said security forces of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) assaulted and illegally detained senior ranking male and female officers and support personnel from IGAD guarantor nations who are assigned as International Observers to CTSAMVM.

The ceasefire monitor said it has now launched a full investigation into the events.

“CTSAMVM demands that TGoNU adhere to the requirements of the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) as they pertain to the CTSAMVM mandate,” the statement said.

“CTSAMVM has a legal right to be present in South Sudan, and all Parties to the agreement have an obligation to facilitate the work of the monitoring mechanism.  Attacks on CTSAMVM personnel and interference with the performance of their duties are strictly prohibited and must be prevented from recurring. 

CTSAMVM further demanded that TGoNU should immediately conduct an investigation holding perpetrators accountable for these despicable acts and their chain of command responsible for its utter failure of leadership.

“CTSAMM is as an impartial arbiter to investigate alleged violations of the Agreement on the basis of credible information.  CTSAMVM works for the betterment of the people of South Sudan in support of the peace process and in accordance with agreements, national and international law,” the statement further added.

It reiterated its mandate to freely monitor the implementation of the R-ARCSS as outlined in the agreement. 

The mandate of the CTSAMVM is to monitor compliance by the warring Parties and armed groups, either under their control or invited to support them, to the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) signed by South Sudanese warring Parties in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

It monitors the warring Parties through its Monitoring and Verification Teams (MVTs) located in 12 of the most conflict affected areas of South Sudan.

 

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