by Lt. Gen. Asrat Denero Amad
Chairperson of CTSAMVM
The CTSAMVM Technical Committee Meeting
Juba, April 25, 2022
Dear Honorable Senior Party Representatives
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is my great pleasure to highly welcome you to this CTC meeting. I also want to express my sincere gratitude for your presence to address the issues affecting the peace process in the Republic of South Sudan. At the outset, I would like to remind you that all information reported at the CTC meetings is prepared with the full involvement of our National Monitors at all levels and our reports are all discussed at the JMCO.
Ladies and Gentlemen
As you all know, the CTSAMVM Technical Committee (CTC) meeting of 21 March 2022 was cancelled following the decision by the SPLM/A-IO not to participate in the meeting. Starting from that day, we developed full confidence that the breaking of the deadlock would not be far. Due to the collective efforts of the leadership of the parties, the deadlock has been broken.
We highly appreciate the lifting by the SPLM/A-IO of the suspension of participation in meetings of CTSAMVM. CTSAMVM also appreciates the efforts of the signatory parties in arriving at a landmark resolution concerning the command structure of the National Unified Forces, the National security, and the Police Force.
This is a strategic issue that enhances the progress of the transition.
Ladies and Gentlemen
CTSAMVM has continued to implement its mandate despite several challenges. Since Jan 2022, armed clashes between Party-Signatories in Unity and Upper Nile State have significantly undermined the permanent ceasefire. There is tension in Unity State since MirMir Cantonment Site was overrun on 11 February by Kit-Gwang elements & armed youth reportedly instigated by the Koch County Commissioner. Consequently, armed clashes spread to Mayendit and Leer counties and there were reports of continuous attacks from 4th to 8th April by the Koch and Mayendit County Commissioners on SPLM/A-IO forces and Leer population in Leer County.
The situation in the counties of, Maban, Maiwut, and Longechuk in Upper Nile State also remains tense following the fighting in these areas since February 2022. CTSAMVM continues to receive reports about incidents and clashes allegedly involving NAS forces in Central and Western Equatoria States. Since the last CTC meeting, CTSAMVM has received reports of at least 8 alleged incidents, including the ambush and destruction of two MSF vehicles near Yei on 28 February 2022.
The situation in Tambura appears to be relatively stable, although tensions remain. CTSAMVM is monitoring the situation closely. Regarding the implementation of the Pre-Transitional tasks, CTSAMVM continues to visit Cantonment Sites and Training Centers. The Agreement on the Unification of Forces’ High Command calls for the JDB to complete the arrangements for graduation and deployment of forces within two months of the agreement.
We will continue to monitor this.
Dear Senior Party Representatives
As always, CTSAMVM highly values your opinions and recommendations and we look forward to a productive and useful meeting. I would ask you all to focus on the information and reports that will be presented today so that we can come up with realistic actions which will help protect the ceasefire and help move the peace process forward.
I officially declare this meeting open. Thank you.