The mandate of the CTSAMM is to monitor and verify the implementation of the Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities (ACoH) as agreed by the Parties and thus help bring an end to the conflict and its devastating consequences: great loss of life, the displacement of millions of people and destruction of property and livelihoods.
Through a system of on-site monitoring, patrols and investigations, the CTSAMM oversees commitments by the Parties to:
- Cease military confrontations and withdraw forces in close proximity
- Refrain from attacks on civilian populations and respect human rights
- Ensure humanitarian access, especially to displaced people
- Stop dissemination of hostile propaganda
- Declare the disposition of all forces to CTSAMM
- Declare and seek authorization from CTSAMM for all military movements
Through investigating violations of and compliance to the ACoH the CTSAMM teams on the ground ensure deteriorating security situations are identified and prioritized for discussion and action at the national level amongst all parties to the peace agreement. Therefore the CTSAMM should be seen as an integral part of restoring peace and stability to South Sudan.
A Status of Mission Agreement (SOMA) was signed in May 2014 between IGAD and the South Sudanese Government. It outlines the MVM’s and subsequently the CTSAMMs legal status, as well as the inviolability of its premises and assets. It safeguards the MVM/CTSAMMs independence and freedom from interference and guarantees freedom of movement for all staff within the country. The SOMA also preserves the right of confidentiality of Mission communications, and grants immunity from arrest, detention or legal process to all MVM staff, in respect of any acts performed in the course of their duty.