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The South Sudanese Opposition Alliance discuss membership of the Joint Defense Board

Nov 10, 2018(Nyamilepedia) — The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) yesterday met with the leadership of South Sudanese Opposition Alliance (SSOA) to discuss their membership and composition of the Joint Defence Board (JDB).

JMEC Chief of Staff, Ambassador Berhanu Kebede during the official opening of the workshop(Photo: JMEC/File/Nyamilepedia)
JMEC Chief of Staff, Ambassador Berhanu Kebede during the official opening of the workshop(Photo: JMEC/File/Nyamilepedia)

The meeting was convened by JMEC and attended by officials from the Office of the IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan. The meeting followed a disagreement within the National Pre-Transitional Committee (NPTC) on the correct interpretation of Article 2.4.2 of the R-ACRSS 2018 on nominations to the JDB.

In discussions led by JMEC Interim Chairperson Ambassador Lt. Gen. Augostino S.K. Njoroge, the SSOA leader H.E. Gabriel Changson Chang and his fellow-members of the Alliance reached a common understanding.

The Chairperson Lt. Gen. Njoroge said:

“It was encouraging to see the spirit of openness and cooperation we had at this meeting. SSOA showed their unwavering support for the agreement, and were prepared to be flexible to abide by our impartial interpretation of provisions of the revitalized agreement.”
The SSOA’s membership nominees to the JDB will be duly submitted to JMEC without delay, now that all outstanding issues surrounding the matter have been cleared up.

“The matter of security is essential in the ongoing implementation of the revitalized agreement, and today was a measure of how seriously SSOA takes it. For the part of JMEC, we are pleased to continue in our role of facilitating wherever we can, to ensure implementation continues without undue delay,” Lt. Gen. Njoroge added.

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