Peace Guarantors Disappointed By Lack Of Progress In South Sudan Security Arrangement And Peace Process

Former Ethiopian Air Force General, Maj.Gen. Molla Hailemariam the current chairman of South Sudan Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) chairs CTSAMM meetings in Juba(Photo: CTSAMM/Nyamilepedia)

Former Ethiopian Air Force General, Maj.Gen. Molla Hailemariam the current chairman of South Sudan Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) chairs CTSAMM meetings in Juba(Photo: CTSAMM/Nyamilepedia)

March 17, 2016(Nyamilepedia) ——- Speaking at Nile Fortune Hotel on March 16, 2016, the Chairman of South Sudan Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM), Major General Molla Hailemariam, regrets the lack of commitment to security arrangement by the main warring parties under General Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar.

Despite the reported progress in the conduct of CTSAMM, a body that monitors and reports the progress of compliance to the Permanent ceasefire and transitional security Arrangements(PCTSA), Maj. Gen. Hailemariam is disappointed that the parties failed to approve cantonments sites and withdraw troops from the capitals.

” Parties have till now failed to provide CTSAMM with a list of approved cantonment sites and declared disposition of forces, as well as equipment and weaponry they possess.” Said Maj.Gen. Hailemariam

“The data related to redeployment sites for government forces at least 25km outside Juba and the remaining forces in Juba is also pending.” He continued.

According to Maj. Gen. Hailemariam it is impossible for CTSAMM to verify without being provided with all necessary data. He calls on the Joint Military Ceasefire Commission (JMCC) to expedite the provision of above mentioned needed information to CTSAMM as soon as possible.

CTSAMM is also concerns about the restriction of freedom of movement by the parties in many parts of the country.

According to PCTSA and SOMA reports, parties have the obligation to ensure freedom of movement of Monitoring and Verification Teams (MVTs) to enable the discharging of their duties, however, the warring parties demand that the MVTs must get a permission letter from their respective highest level authorities on a case by case basis.

To CTSAMM, this restriction is hindering their performance and is therefore unacceptable and must be stopped immediately.

“The continuation of hindrance of access for MVTs is unacceptable and must stop immediately, and no permission letter should be required for MVTs to conduct investigations.” Said Maj. Gen. Hailemariam

Due to high level of atrocities and human rights violations, South Sudan government has prevented MVTs and Human Rights organizations from accessing areas like Leer, Dr. Machar’s home town, where many civilians were killed, women raped and children castrated by the government soldiers and allied militia. Many civilians continue to live in swamps due to fear of government forces in the areas.

Speaking from Washington, Mr. John Kirby the Spokesperson of the Department of State condemns South Sudan government for war crimes and atrocities reported by the United Nations.

“Conditions continue to deteriorate horrifically in South Sudan, where the UN is documenting large-scale extra-judicial killings, sexual violence, abductions, and enforced disappearances. We hear of indiscriminate attacks against civilians, forced recruitment of children, and extensive destruction of property. The widespread scale of atrocities is such that this Council must take further action immediately.” Said Antony J. Blinken, the Deputy Secretary of State in Geneva, Switzerland.

In his remark, Maj. Gen. Hailemariam calls on the parties to heed to the quest for peace and immediate implementation of the provisions of the South Sudan Peace Agreement as signed by the principles in August, 2015

“It is imperative that all parties heed the calls of the people and commit themselves to implementing the provisions of the PCTSA and restoring peace and stability to South Sudan without further delay.” Said Maj. Gen. Hailemariam.

5 comments

  • Lam George Gatdit

    You’re right about your hopes speech, but for those who are came here to Sudan since the president Omer Hassan Albasher in 1989 to be ahead of Sudan as ahead chief executive of all states.

  • Mr. J. Kirby should be made aware that UN report on the crimes committed in South Sudan was baseless b’se you can’t expect the rebels who hide in POC to give the real account of event. I know some of you will jump up to deny the existence of rebels in POC and their roles in the so called UN report. I don’t know who can deny the departure of seven hundred militiamen from POC in Juba to join arrow boys in Mundri.
    Mr. Kirby,if you ‘re a man of truth check the names of all witnesses in UN report b’se 90% of witnesses are rebels and those whom they sent to POCs as propagandas. But the question is who can believe that rebels would give a real account of what happened in the conflict?.
    Therefore, I strongly urge the UN to carry out a new investigation which is acceptable to all.

    • Bol Gatjang

      Probably there’s no hidden agendas, SPLA of Kiir, Akot had been in charge since independent in2011.It was also the one who have decided to killed people with his power. Where do you think the international community or mediators would go from here? Majority of Dinka usually denying the genocide by government of South Sudan. It’s baseless buddy,Dinka’s government is not legitimate any longer without installing federalism.

  • The lack of commitment from govt cannot progress the peace and unity of our people who suffering because of govt started the war. You cannot dismiss the true report from some one in field.