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Transparency, Independence needed to strengthen peace- CTSAMVM

By Kidega Livingstone


Ceasefire Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (CTSAMVM) calls for truth, fact-based reporting, and independence, among members.

The ceasefire monitoring body, comprising of military representatives from signatories to 2018 Revitalized Peace Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (RARCSS), monitors compliance with the ceasefire agreement.

Addressing a board meeting on Tuesday, CTSAMVM Chairperson Maj. Gen. Hailu Gonfa Eddosa told members of the security peace mechanism that their opinions and recommendations are highly valued.

“Our expectation is that you conduct yourselves with honesty, neutrality, and impartiality, with no other considerations” said Gen. Eddosa.

He emphasized the importance of the CTSAMVM’s role in the implementation of the 2018 peace pact especially the cessation of hostilities agreement.

“This is critical to our shared history and will greatly benefit the South Sudanese peace process. Your contributions directly impact the country’s future” he noted.

CTSAMVM reported no verified clashes between signatory parties since the last board meeting, commending all parties for upholding the ceasefire.

However, chair Gen. Eddosa highlighted the lack of progress on deploying the Necessary Unified Forces (NUF). Only 6% of the planned 83,000 strong troops have been deployed, hindering efforts to address security concerns and prepare for elections.

The board also discussed the recent establishment of a new South Sudan People’s Defense Forces (SSPDF) division in Rumbek and a deadly incident in Nasir County of Upper Nile State.

“We urge the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (RTGoNU) to swiftly implement the remaining tasks, particularly those related to security arrangements outlined in Chapter 2 of the agreement,” said Gen. Eddosa.

The ceasefire monitoring body faces ongoing funding challenges that could impact their ability to effectively monitor the ceasefire, especially as South Sudan approaches elections.

“We hope our donors will increase their financial support to facilitate our critical role in upholding the Permanent Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangement (PCTSA),” Gen. Eddosa concluded.


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