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South Sudan peace partners to punish officers denying access to ceasefire monitors

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Outgoing CTSAMM Monitors lining up before their medal ceremony to recognize their contribution to to mission 19 March 2018 (CTSAMM Photo)
March 26, 2019 (JUBA) - The ceasefire monitoring and verification body, CTSAMVM, decided to sanction military officers who refuse to cooperate with the monitoring teams, as several cases have been reported recently.

During its 9th meeting of the technical committee on 20-21 March, the CTSAMVM reported that there were 10 incidents of denial by the SSPDF/NSS and 2 by the SPLM/A-IO.

Already during its 8th meeting, the ceasefire body underscored the denial of access for verification by some government army commanders and pointed to the lack of SSPDF policy on this respect because some Divisions facilitate access and some do not.

In its latest meeting, the CTSAMVM Technical Committee meeting decided that the "Parties take action against those commanders who continue to deny access for force verification," reads the 35-page report of the meeting seen by Sudan Tribune.

The parties further agreed to enforce forces compliance and cooperation with monitoring teams.

In his speech on 26 March before the 5th CTSAMVM Board Meeting, Desta Abiche Ageno, Chairperson of CTSAMVM stressed on the need to cooperate with the monitors saying without this cooperation they cannot fulfil their mission.

"Our ability to monitor, verify and investigate allegations of violations depends on our ability to move and access areas throughout South Sudan," said Ageno.

"Also, the main impediment to conducting verification of forces as required by our mandate has been the consistent denial of access to MVTs," he added.

The chairperson said the ceasefire continues to hold in the country but he pointed out that the Yei River area continues to be of great concern due to the attacks by the National Salvation Front and the government forces.

"It is clear NAS forces of Thomas Cirillo committed a number of attacks and clearly violated the ACOH. The SSPDF in reaction also violated the ACOH by failing to give CTSAMVM prior notification of its movement," he said.

"It is becoming increasingly important to resolve the issue of the NAS forces of Thomas Cirillo and other armed groups operating in Greater Equatoria," he further said.

The Ethiopian general vowed to keep the board members informed about the situation in Yei and "other issues such as growing tensions in Pibor and Wau".

(ST)

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  • 27 March 09:41, by Eastern

    LIP SERVICE is always plausible; why should foreigners access security installations, one villager once yelped here on this forum......

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    • 27 March 10:34, by South South

      Eastern,

      Forget about villager, you have no village right now. Do you know that know?

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      • 27 March 11:12, by Eastern

        South Sudan,

        Being the villager is WORST than not having a village; come to think about that. There are thousands of jenge people in Australia, USA, Cananda acting and or behaving as villagers. Even here in Juba, those with "their villages" close by in Yirol, broght their cattle kraals to the residential areas of Juba. That’s the village mentality I am talking about. I don’t miss my village!

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        • 27 March 12:28, by South South

          Eastern,

          You lost your village, sweet.

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          • 27 March 12:38, by Eastern

            South South,

            I pay visit to my village as and when my workload permits, especially during weekends....

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            • 27 March 12:40, by South South

              Eastern,

              We have it, the real people.

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      • 27 March 13:21, by Midit Mitot

        The better way is to train those so call SSPDP/NAS with international humanitarian laws, otherwise they will continues act as semi-soldiers (unprofessional)

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        • 27 March 13:40, by South South

          Eastern,

          I really want you to go back to your village soon because you are a South Sudanese like us, but before that, you need to submit an application to me requesting me to give you back your village. Don’t monkey it up by trying to be aggressive because you will lose it for good. Make sure to tuck your tail when you come to me.

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          • 27 March 14:22, by Eastern

            South South,

            You are an ignorant idiot; Eastern is beyond the tribe. Eastern lives large. A village or tribal affiliation a non-entity. I look at the bigger picture of things!

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        • 27 March 14:56, by Malakal county Simon

          Mitot Midiit

          Where will they get the moneys to train them?? When they can’t funds the most needed September 2018 signed peace!! The attitude these soldiers have now, still the same with the attitude they have during the gorilla war.... South South, is good example slave in regards to this!!

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          • 28 March 15:06, by Midit Mitot

            Malakal County Simon,

            You are right,and that,s the question, because they are not even feed their own bodyguards.

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          • 29 March 07:50, by Joyuma John

            Dear Malakal county,
            point of correction, soldiers during the war time were better than the current.

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