Chairman’s Opening Remarks to CTSAMVM Technical Committee Meeting 25 November 2021

                                                                                   Opening Remarks

 by 

Maj. Gen. TESHOME GEMECHU ADERIE

Chairperson of CTSAMVM

at 

The CTSAMVM Technical Committee Meeting

Juba,

November 25, 2021

 

 

Dear Senior Party Representatives and CTC members,

Deputy Chairperson,

Chief of Staff Arun Pal,

IGAD Special Envoy and RJMEC Representatives,

Observers,

CTSAMVM Secretariat,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good Morning.

 

It is my great pleasure and honour to highly welcome you to this CTC meeting.  I also want to express my sincere gratitude for your presence to address the issues impacting the peace process in the Republic of South Sudan.

Before I begin, let me say just a few words about what deeply saddened the entire CTSAMVM fraternity. We are making this meeting at a very sad moment in the CTSAMVM family. Like all of you, I am closely following the tragic situation in the family of our National monitor, A/CDR Benson John Kuol.

The lives of five (5) growing children from the same family were taken by an accident. On behalf of myself and the CTSAMVM family, I want to express our deepest sorrow and pass our heart-felt condolences to our brother A/CDR Benson John Kur and his spouse Beyangkn Juok. We stand by their side at this difficult time.

Dear Senior Party Representatives and CTC members,

IGAD Special Envoy and RJMEC Representatives,

Observers,

I want to take this opportunity to introduce our new Chief of Staff, retired Brigadier General Arun Pal. We are very happy to have you at CTSAMVM and we are fully confident that you will contribute your part to CTSAMVM and the peace process.

The agenda for today’s meeting includes the following areas:

First, the current status of the Permanent Ceasefire which includes a brief mention of Tambura and alleged incidents involving NAS in Central Equatoria;

Second, the status of implementation of the Transitional Security Arrangements;

Third, violation reports since the last CTC on October 21;

Fourth, a more in-depth briefing on Tambura, the status of Magenis and issues involving denial of access; and

Fifth, incidents and updates since the last CTC.

Starting with the permanent ceasefire, CTSAMVM has identified no verified clashes, in general, between the parties-signatory to the R-ARCSS since the last CTC. The situation in Tambura is currently stable with some NGOs resuming operations, although the humanitarian situation remains dire. The forces of Maj Gen James Nando have relocated to Maridi and the SPLM/A-IO forces are also relocating there but at a slow pace.  The Balanda forces led by Angelo Davido have yet to assemble. CTSAMVM as we discussed at the last CTC has been closely monitoring the situation in Tambura.   At this meeting, you will be briefed in greater detail about CTSAMVM’s efforts and observations about Tambura.

CTSAMVM continues commending the JDB for their efforts in de-escalating the situation in Tambura and for the public rally it held on November 10th to address the concerns of the public in Tambura. As we did at the last CTC we call upon IGAD and RJMEC to urge the Parties to continue relocating all the warring forces away from Tambura.

Since the last CTC, there has been two incidents allegedly involving NAS forces in Central Equatoria; one alleged incident involves a reported attack on an SSPDF position in Lainya on the 5th of November 2021.  We are investigating this incident which reportedly resulted in the death of three (3) SSPDF soldiers and one (1) civilian. Due respect of the government position pertaining to the Rome peace talk process, CTSAMVM would like to recommend the urgent resumption of the peace talk as these incidents allegedly involving NAS have a negative impact on the security in the country.

Pertaining to the status of implementation, you will also receive an update on the status of the critical pre-transitional tasks of cantonment and training of the Necessary Unified Forces and also the vacation of civilian-occupied buildings. Since the last CTC, the very dire situation at the cantonment sites continues with a lack of food and medicines.

Regarding the training centers, CTSAMVM has observed little positive progress. The three regional committees of the JDB responsible for assessing the situation in training centers in order to start processing the forces for graduation have yet to start because of resources. However, we note that the leadership of the SPLM/A-IO has resolved to dispatch its components of the committees to the training centers to screen and re-organize the SPLM/A-IO forces without waiting for the required resources. CTSAMVM stands ready to assist with air transport if the names of the screening teams are provided in advance for vetting.

Since the last CTC, one (1) of the civilian buildings occupied by the SSPDF has been vacated. However, CTSAMVM has identified five (5) more civilian buildings which have now been occupied, four (4) by the SPLM/A-IO and one (1) by the SSPDF. This will be discussed in detail.

Our briefing also includes one violation report concerning the arrest and detention of one SPLM/A-IO officer as well as two civilians by SSPDF in Eastern Equatoria State in September 2021. These actions by the SSPDF constitute a violation of the R-ARCSS.

Pertaining incidents and updates since the last CTC, various issues will be discussed in detail during our briefing.

 Dear Senior Party Representatives and CTC members,

Dear Generals,

IGAD and RJMEC Representatives,

Observers

Secretariat,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

As I always add in any of my remarks, CTSAMVM highly values your opinions and recommendations, and we fully expect that as usual, you conduct yourselves in order to address the truth and the facts by being independent, neutral and impartial with no other considerations. This is your history and will benefit the peace process of your country and your people greatly.  We look forward to your constructive contributions and to a successful meeting today.

I will now be followed by the Senior Party Representatives for their opening remarks. I officially declare this meeting open.

Thank you.