Peace monitor urges parties to speed up cantonment of forces
August 22nd 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – The head of the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (R-JMEC) General Augostino Njoroge has urged South Sudan peace parties to accelerate the process of assembling their forces in verified cantonment areas across the country.
General Njoroge made the remarks during the opening session of the consultative meeting of the parties to the agreement held in Addis Ababa on Wednesday.
He also urged the South Sudan peace partners to come up with a timeframe for the implementation of the outstanding issues which are necessary to be in place before the unity government formation.
“Accordingly, the Parties should give direction and timelines on operationalization of several cantonment sites across the country and in respective States as a start and within the remaining Pre-Transitional Period,” he said.
He further appealed to the parties to formulate the way forward and indicate a timetable for activities related to identifications of training centers for VIP protection forces.
“Parties must also give direction and timelines on commencement of training centers across the country and in the respective regions, including training of officers identified for VIP protection”, he said.
The JMEC boss further commended the parties for their commitment to the Permanent Ceasefire and noted that the security situation has improved significantly throughout the country.
“I commend all the Parties for observing the Permanent Ceasefire. The security situation has contributed to improved access to humanitarian activities, including decisions by some refugees and IDPs to spontaneously return to their areas,” he said.
He urged the government of President Salva Kiir to “fulfill its pledge of funding the implementation of the R-ARCSS in a timely and predictable manner.”
General Njoroge, the chairman of the R-JMEC further urged the South Sudan peace partners to come up with a timeframe for the implementation of the outstanding issues which are necessary to be in place before the unity government formation.