Technical Workshop on Inclusion of SSOMA Into CTSAMVM

15 December 2021

The Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (CTSAMVM) in collaboration Comunita Sant’Egidio is conducting a four-day a workshop in Nairobi, Kenya.

This technical workshop is in line with the Resolution on the Implementation of the Rome Resolution and the Naivasha Declaration Recommitment signed on 17 July 2021 in Rome Italy under the auspices of Community of Sant’Egidio. It brought together representatives of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (RTGoNU) and the South Sudan Opposition Movement Alliance (SSOMA) of the Real Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (Real SPLM/A) and South Sudan United Front/Army (SSUF/A), Inter Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (R-JMEC) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kenya.

During his opening remarks, CTSAMVM Chairperson MG. Teshome Gemechu Aderie welcomed the participants and highly appreciated the Communita Sant’Egidio for sponsoring the workshop, adding, “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.”

Teshome also stated that “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”.

As CTSAMVM is to integrate SSOMA personnel at different levels of its structure, this workshop is being conducted with the overall aim of ensuring that all parties have a common understanding of their obligations as signatories of the Agreement and the modalities of working as part of CTSAMVM.

As such, the objectives of the workshop were; 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.