Ceasefire Monitoring Body Notes Violations In Yei, Wau

The Chairperson of South Sudan’s ceasefire monitoring body has noted some violations of the permanent ceasefire over the past weeks.

Ceasefire Monitoring Body Notes Violations In Yei, Wau
[Photo caption: ctsamvm members during the meeting/credit ctsamvm]

 By Ojwe Lumara

JUBA, 08 November 2018 [Gurtong]-Speaking at the 4th Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangement Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (CTSAMVM) Technical Committee Meeting on November 7th 2018 in Khartoum, Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Abduljelill Chairperson of CTSAMVM said the overall ceasefire continues to hold but some violations were reported in parts of Yei and Wau.

“As previously reported the Ceasefire continues to hold in the majority of the country however there are still some areas experiencing hostilities,” Maj. Abduljelill told the members in his opening remarks.

Last week, a joint team composed of party representatives and CTSAMVM staff made a successful visit to Yei Town and Panyume. Representatives of the parties collectively communicated to local commanders the clear commitment of party leadership to the Permanent Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements.

All the forces in the area agreed to establish lines of communication with Opposing Commanders and gave commitments to ensure their forces remain in their positions and do not carry out any hostile action that is prohibited by the ceasefire agreement.

“Unfortunately, despite the decisions of the last CTC meeting, CTSAMVM is receiving an increasing number of allegations from the parties, including reports of fighting, recruitment, displacement, and sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV). There is ongoing fighting in the Wau area and continued reports of conflict in the Yei area,” he added.

The chairperson also noted that CTSAMVM teams were repeatedly denied access on verification activities by the SSPDF senior commanders and once by the SPLA-IO.  

“We urge parties to clearly and forcefully communicate orders to field commanders at all levels and make your commitments here at the CTC credible and deliverable,” Maj. Abduljelill said.

“I want to emphasize that we are here to solve problems. We need to find solutions and we need to take action. Let us work together to ensure peace and stability is restored across South Sudan,” he added.

The meeting was attended by members of the International Committee of the Red Cross which is tasked by the agreement to oversee the release of prisoners of wars and political detainees.

“We appreciate your attendance to observe this meeting and the critical role you play in facilitating the release of political prisoners and Prisoners of War,” he said.

Since the celebration of the peace agreement last week in Juba, high profile Opposition figures were released from prison as required by the agreement.

The CTSAMVM chairperson said the move was “a commendable gesture which will go far in building trust amongst the Parties.”

He also stated that all parties have completed nominations to the CTC bodies but “we were forced to postpone our training program for national monitors as the contact information provided by the parties was not sufficient.”  


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