The Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) is to send a monitoring and verification team to Nassir in the next 24hrs to conduct an initial investigation into violence that has taken place over the weekend.
The investigation follows claims and counter-claims made by the SPLM-IO and the TGoNU at the High Level Revitalisation Forum (HLRF) in Addis Ababa on Monday morning, 12th February 2018.
SPLM-IO first announced that at 0500hrs on 12 Feb, government troops allegedly attacked SPLM-IO positions in the Nassir area. Government representatives at the HLRF denied the attack and made counter claims that in fact government personnel had been attacked on 11 Feb and at 0600hrs by forces of SPLA-IO (RM) in Nassir. SPLA-IO then claimed that Government troops were being ferried to attack SPLM-IO positions near Maiwut.
Article 10.6 of the Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities, Protection of Civilians and Humanitarian Access, signed in Addis Ababa on 21st December 2017, provides that the “Parties shall unconditionally allow and grant unhindered access to CTSAMM to verify and monitor in all areas under its control.” Also, under coordination guidelines agreed at the CTSAMM Cessation of Hostilities Agreement workshop in Addis last month, CTSAMM is requesting complete cooperation from all forces and unit commanders of the parties to facilitate the Monitoring and Verification teams (MVTs).
CTSAMM has also requested assistance from the IGAD Special Envoy, Ambassador Dr. Ismail Wais, IGAD and other stakeholders in mediating between the two sides over a number of alleged violations of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement signed just before Christmas.
The CTSAMM is an impartial, neutral body committed to pursuing its mandate and operates to investigate and report on compliance and non-compliance of the Agreement on the basis of credible information submitted by the Parties and others.
CTSAMM works for the betterment of the people of South Sudan, in support of the peace process and in accordance with the Agreements, national and international laws.