Maj. Gen. TESHOME GEMECHU ADERIE
Chairperson of CTSAMVM
Technical Workshop for inclusion of SSOMA into
Nairobi, December 14, 2021
Distinguished Party Representatives,
Representative of IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan,
Representative from Community of Sant’Egidio,
Participants of this Technical Workshop,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
On behalf of CTSAMVM, and myself I want to take this opportunity to warmly welcome you to this workshop. It is well known that CTSAMVM is continually conducting its mandate of monitoring, verifying and reporting in accordance with the Agreement on Cessation of Hostilities of December 2017. In addition to that, the mechanism is also playing its key role at its level cooperating with the leaders of the Community of Sant’Egidio to make the integration of SSOMA into all levels of its structure.
To begin with I would like to highly appreciate the Community of Sant’Egidio for sponsoring this workshop. Besides I would like to thank the government of the Republic of Kenya for accepting the request to conduct this workshop here in this beautiful capital city, Nairobi.
As you well know, the concept of inclusivity in the political arena of any nation is critically important in terms of narrowing discrepancies among groups or individuals in order to put the interests of the nation before anything else. Moreover, it is highly crucial for the Republic of South Sudan as it is one of the youngest nations in this globe. It is with this foundation that the Community of Sant’Egidio in collaboration with IGAD and RTGoNU is using its best efforts to bring the parties together for peace talks in order to avoid conflict and exclusivity. However, when the peace talks were terminated our concern was high because we know that the spreading of reported NAS activities to some parts of thecountry affects the security of the Republic of South Sudan. And it is also difficult when we do not receive SSOMA personnel who will join
CTSAMVM to work with us in order to simplify our activities of monitoring and verification, specifically when it comes to allegations involving NAS.
Now when the government announced that they are going to resume the peace talks with no conditions for us that was a great measure. We have confidence that it will contribute to the peace process and contribute to what we are doing in some of our areas of operation, especially in Central Equatoria.
As we are going to receive SSOMA personnel at different levels of the CTSAMVM structure, we are providing this technical workshop as our first step to be taken upon the settlement of the political agreement. Accordingly, CTSAMVM is going to conduct this workshop with the
overall aim to ensure all parties have a common understanding of their obligations as signatories of the Agreement and the modalities of working as part of CTSAMVM. To accomplish this, the workshop objectives are the following:
First, to assist Party-Signatory compliance with the Agreement on Cessation of Hostilities, Protection of Civilians and Humanitarian Access of 21 December 2017;
Second, to identify and agree on the steps necessary for the full integration of SSOMA into the CTSAMVM monitoring and verification framework;
Third, to identify the critical timelines and tasks required in order to integrate SSOMA representatives into CTSAMVM. Our expectations from the workshop are for the participants to have the right picture, to address their concerns and to convey their commitment to actively participate during the discussions to have a clear view of what CTSAMVM does and how it operates.
Lastly, we would like to acknowledge and appreciate the work of the Secretariat of CTSAMVM to come up with the appropriate workshop program and materials in order to meet your expectations about the content of the workshop. I want to express my confidence that they will
deliver it in an appropriate manner to meet the objectives and the overall
aim of this technical workshop.
Finally, I appreciate the Community of Sant’Egidio for its continuous efforts they have made to make the peace talks happen in collaboration and coordination with the RTGoNU and also for sponsoring the workshop. I am fully confident that the outcomes of the workshop will make a difference in terms of the picture that the participants need to have.
I finally declare this workshop open.
I thank you.