On Friday 5th of May, 2017 the CTSAMM held its 11th Board Meeting in the Royal Palace Hotel in Juba. The meeting was attended by many board members including representatives from the warring Parties, the Former Detainees (FDs), Civil Society Organizations, the African Union (AU), China, the Troika (The United States United Kingdom and Norway, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), the European Union (EU) and the IGAD Partners Forum.
Discussions focused on the deteriorating security situation, the most recent violations of the PCTSA which occurred in Wau, Pajok and the Malakal area and also the challenges CTSAMM is facing in the execution of its mandate. The CTSAMM Chairman, Major General Molla Hailemariam noted that “deliberate large and small scale offensive military operations continue in parts of the Greater Upper Nile region while fighting in the Greater Equatorias and the Greater Bahr El Ghazal regions is ongoing also. Citizens continue to be targeted by both Parties and Other Armed Groups.”
Members engaged in lengthy discussions regarding the recent violations and measures that can be taken to mitigate and avoid further hostilities in these areas. Relating to the challenges CTSAMM is facing the CTSAMM Chairman remarked that “CTSAMM continues to experience challenges particularly in its ability to respond rapidly to the ever changing security situation as it develops. In order to reach areas experiencing hostilities in a timely manner the process of gaining access assurances and adequate resources from UNMISS is time consuming and generally means we are slow to reach areas. Currently we must gain written access assurances from the JMCC for every movement every CTSAMM team make. We have requested that the process be reconsidered and have suggested to the JMCC that our CTSAMM liaison officers, who are well placed to work and correspond between both organizations, can now play a greater role in overcoming this challenge. Liaison officers should be able to inform their respective organizations regarding future plans of CTSAMM. This is a really critical issue for CTSAMM and resolving the matter will contribute greatly to CTSAMMs ability to fulfill its mandate.”
The meeting concluded that members will be given two weeks to provide comment on the reports before they shall be sent to JMEC and made public on the CTSAMM and JMEC websites.