Chairpersons’ Opening Remarks at the CTSAMVM 33rd Board Meeting-23rd September 2022

Opening Remarks

by

Lt Gen Asrat Denero Amad

Chairperson CTSAMVM
at
33rd CTSAMVM Board Meeting

Beijing Juba Hotel

Juba,

23 September, 2022

Excellencies,
Ambassadors,
General Officers,
Distinguished Delegates,
Ladies and Gentlemen

Good Morning.
It is my great honor to warmly welcome you to this 33rd CTSAMVM, Board meeting. Allow me to express my sincere appreciation to you for your presence to address issues relating to the peace process in the
Republic of South Sudan.

To begin with, CTSAMVM continues to conduct its monitoring, verification and reporting mandate, while reporting to the IGAD and RJMEC. At the moment, CTSAMVM is more reliant on joint integrated air transport with UNMISS and is developing better coordination mechanisms to ensure monitoring and investigations are sustained.

I wish to take this opportunity to inform you that since the last Board meeting the peace process has achieved a number of milestones that includes the following:

First, on 30 August, CTSAMVM leadership witnessed the National launch of phase one graduation of the Necessary Unified Forces in Juba. The graduation was a big milestone towards the progress of the implementation of tasks under the Security Arrangements. A total of Twenty-two thousand, three hundred and forty-five (22,345) forces were declared graduated in Juba from the Training Centers of Gorom, Rambur, Lologo, Muni, and Dr. John Garang Memorial College. Graduation of NUF created hope among the forces and the citizens of South Sudan that indeed the Parties are committed to the implementation of the Peace Agreement.

Secondly, on 01 September, the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (RJMEC) held an Extra-Ordinary Plenary session where members voted and endorsed the extension of the Transitional Period for 24 months as agreed by the Party-Signatories in a Roadmap that was launched on 04 August 2022 by the RTGoNU. It is important to note that with this development, once the amendment is ratified by the Transitional National Legislative Assembly, the Transitional Period will end on 22 February 2025. CTSAMVM urges RTGoNU to quickly implement the remaining tasks of the transitional period during this extended period in order to lead to peaceful elections.

CTSAMVM requests JDB to provide the details of Phase one graduation dates, locations and numbers of the NUF across the country, while JTSC is requested to provide details of Phase Two Training Plans including the Cantonments and Training Centers.

The tension between the Parties in Unity and Upper Nile States have reduced to some extent; however, CTSAMVM remains concerned about the recent reports of tensions in Upper Nile State and parts of Jonglei State following repeated clashes between SSPDF aligned Kit-Gwang, Agwelek Forces and SPLM/A-IO. This has caused death and large scale displacement of civilians.

The continued reports of intercommunal violence and large scale displacement of civilians in Warrap State and Unity State indicate serious insecurity and is a big concern to CTSAMVM. In particular, CTSAMVM is concerned about the extra-judicial execution of three persons who were allegedly involved in the death of the Mayom County Commissioner. We appeal to SSPDF to investigate the matter and hold those responsible accountable.

CTSAMVM remains concerned about the continual occupation of Mir Mir, Liang and Jekou Cantonment Sites in Unity and Upper Nile States respectively by SSPDF and/or its affiliates. These Cantonment Sites were designated for SPLM/A-IO and therefore CTSAMVM appeals to SSPDF to withdraw and allow SPLM/A-IO to re-occupy the areas.
The status of permanent ceasefire is significantly holding in most states of the Republic of South Sudan with an exception of inter-communal violence in Jonglei, Upper Nile and Eastern Equatoria States. There are incidents of reported violence perpetrated by suspected elements of National Salvation Front (NAS) in Mundri Counties of Western Equatoria State and Yei/Lainya Counties in Central Equatorial State.

Our sectors and MVTs are conducting several investigation tasks in regards to the above mentioned incidents. Since the last Board meeting, our investigations were interrupted by the absence of our National Monitors. We thank the Government for their commitment to pay their allowances and thank the National Monitors for returning to work.
In conclusion, violations against civilians and armed forces’ clashes between the parties continue due to a lack of discipline and control by the Parties over their military personnel and armed groups under their control and influence.

The graduation and deployment of the National Unified Forces is critical for addressing the security issues in the Republic of South Sudan and will be a big step forward for the peace process.

Finally, I want to ask you all to focus on the information and reports, discuss them in a professional manner and most importantly, come up with realistic solutions to protect the ceasefire and most of all protect the people of South Sudan.

I officially declare this meeting open.

I thank you.