Maj. Gen. TESHOME GEMECHU ADERIE
Chairperson of CTSAMVM
CTSAMVM Board Meeting No. 26
October 27, 2021
CTSAMVM Deputy Chairperson,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It gives me a great pleasure to speak to you this morning to welcome you most cordially at the official opening of the 26th CTSAMVM’s Board meeting.
I also want to express my sincere gratitude for your presence to address the issues affecting the peace process of South Sudan.
The agenda for today’s meeting includes updates on the following areas:
First, the current status of the Permanent Ceasefire which includes the issues in Tambura and Magenis;
Second, the implementation of the Transitional Security Arrangements;
Third, violation reports since the last Board meeting on September 28 and
Fourth, incidents and Updates
To begin with the permanent ceasefire, CTSAMVM has identified no verified clashes, in general, among the parties-signatory to the R-ARCSS. However, as discussed at the last Board meeting, the level of violence in the Tambura area remains a serious concern, though the intervention of the JDB is to some extent contribuiting in terms of stabilising the situation. CTSAMVM has been closely monitoring the situation by maintaining contact with relevant military and civil authorities in Tambura and Western Equatoria. Currently, Maj. Gen. Nando forces have left Tambura for Maridi training Center. At this meeting, you will be briefed in more detail about the current situation in Tambura and on the efforts CTSAMVM has made to monitor the situation.
CTSAMVM commends the JDB for deploying the Select Committee to Tambura and for the inclusive rally it held on October 18th to address the warring factions. As we did during the last Board meeting, we call upon IGAD and RJMEC to urge the Parties to ensure their military forces do not get involved in committing violence, and that all stakeholders implement measures to diffuse the tension and facilitate the relocation of the warring forces away from Tambura.
Since the last meeting, there has been reports of violence in Upper Nile State. On September 30/2021, there was an armed clash in Pieri Cantonment Site Jonglei State between faction loyal to HE Dr Machar and Kit- Gwang’s faction. CTSAMVM has received reports of armed clashes between the two SPLM/A-IO factions in Magenis also. These armed clashes between factions of the SPLM/A-IO greately hamperd the security situation in the area. You will learn more during the briefing.
Pertaining to the mission of MAGENIS, cross-border to Sudan, approval and clearances to access MAGENIS was sought from the Republics of Sudan and it was received on 30 September 2021 that enabled the detailed planning process to continue including route planning with air craft support from UNMISS.
Once the planning was complete, CTSAMVM wrote to the Embassy of Sudan in Juba confirming the route and requesting support in terms of force protection at MAGENIS and landing sites. Unfortunately, CTSAMVM has been informed by the Military Authority of Sudan that there is no guarantee for safety and therefore unable to proceed with the mission at the moment. CTSAMVM has reported this concern to the IGAD and RJMEC right away.
As we been reporting since March 2020, the issue of changes of allegiance has led to difficulties that critically affect the very vital peace process. At the last Board meeting we highlighted the changes of allegiance from the SPLM/A-IO to the SSPDF in Upper Nile State which reportedly resulted in clashes between factions. CTSAMVM calls upon RJMEC and IGAD to react on it in order to avoid its negative impacts on the peace process.
At this meeting, you will also learn about the situation in the Hai Khamsin Wau area where a group of soldiers from the SPLM/A-IO changed allegiance to the SSPDF and occupied residential area since 18 February 2020. CTSAMVM has been monitoring the situation in the area since then, regarding the activities of the group between February 2020 to September 2021. You will learn more about this in the discussion.
Besides, you will receive an update on the implementation of the critical pre-transitional tasks of cantonment and training of the Necessary Unified Forces and the vacation of civilian occupied buildings. Since the last Board meeting, CTSAMVM has received reports which clearly shows the prevalence of logistic support constraints in all training centers and cantonment sites. However, three (3) of the thirteen (13) training center commanders reported receiving food items. Besides, pertaining the graduation of the unified force CTSAMVM attended a meeting with the First Vice President H.E Dr. Riek Machar on October 12th and has received briefing on the government plans for proceeding with the graduation of the Necessary Unified Force. At the event, CTSAMVM has been requested to provide transport support vital for the process. CTSAMVM has confirmed its readiness to provide the support as long as the vetting requirements are fulfilled.
Concerning occupation of Civilian buildings, two(2) occupied buildings have been vacated since the last Board meeting. This brings the total number of occupied buildings down to ten (10). This will be discussed in detail.
Our briefing also includes one violation report concerning the rape of a woman in Western Equatoria attributed to SPLM/A-IO on September 8th 2021.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
As usual CTSAMVM highly values your opinions and recommendations, then our expectations are as always that you conduct yourselves in order to address the truth and the facts by being independent, neutral and impartial with no other considerations. This is history to all of us and also will highly benefit the peace process of the Republic of Sudan greatly. As always, I request you contribute your part which directly impacts the peace process of this country, South Sudan.
As a final matter, we continue to appreciate the strong support from our international community especially our Donors. Despite the support, we are still facing funding shortages which could impact our monitoring and verification activities in the future. We will keep you apprised.
As you may notice from the agenda, we have very important items to cover. I am very confident that we will achieve the objectives of this meeting in the dedicated time.
I officially declare this meeting open.