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.