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CTSAMM

CTSAMM is an institute of the Agreement on the Resolution of the conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS) signed by the Government and SPLM/A-IO in August 2015.

UNMISS Force Commander Visits CTSAMM HQs 0

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Force Commander Lieutenant General Frank Mushyo Kamanzi paid a visit to the CTSAMM Chairman, Major General Molla Hailemariam at the organization’s headquarters on 30th June 2017. Maj. Gen. Molla welcomed and briefed Lt. Gen. Kamanzi on CTSAMM’s mandate, structure, composition of its members, achievements and the challenges the organization faces in South Sudan. Maj. Gen. Molla reiterated his thanks to UNMISS for their valuable support in providing MVT logistics and force protection, which are critical to carrying out CTSAMM’s mission in South Sudan. Lt. Gen. Kamanzi made note of the close...

CTSAMM Hosts Handover Event for the Late Lt. Col. Alfadil Meil Issa 0

The Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) hosted a Handover Event on the morning of 30th June 2017 for the Late Lt. Col. Alfadil Meil Issa who had been killed in the vicinity of Wau Town in January 2017. Full Press Release....

CTSAMM Chairman visits SRSG of UNMISS 0

The CTSAMM Chairman Major General  Molla Hailemariam, met with the United Nation’s Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan (SRSG), Mr. David Shearer at UNMISS – UN House on 28th June 2017. During the meeting, Maj. Gen. Molla and Mr. David Shearer discussed enhancement of the bilateral relationship between CTSAMM and UNMISS in pursuit of the CTSAMM mandate to monitor the implementation of the Permanent Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements.   Maj. Gen. Molla extended CTSAMM’s appreciation to UNMISS for their continued support and assured Mr. David Shearer on the organization’s full cooperation to mission coordination as a...

Chairman’s Trip To Malakal, Wau and Aweil 0

On the 8 – 9th of May 2017, the CTSAMM Chairperson, Major General Molla Hailemariam visited the Monitoring and Verification Teams (MVTs) in Malakal, Wau and Aweil to present medals to outgoing monitors who will soon be exiting the mission having concluded their one year rotation. The CTSAMM Chairperson met with the team members before the medal ceremony to thank them for the service and to gather firsthand information regarding their experiences in the mission and the challenges they face in fulfilling the CTSAMM mandate. The CTSAMM Chairperson was also greeted by the UNMISS Head of Field Office in...

The 11th CTSAMM Board Meeting (5th May) 0

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 MONITORING AND VERIFICATION TEAM DENIED FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT BY GOVERNMENT AUTHORITIES TO THE WAU SHILLUK AREA. 0

On 7 February 2017, CTSAMM requested through the Joint Military Ceasefire Commission (JMCC) access to verify allegations of violations of the Permanent Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements (PCTSA) in the corridor between Malakal and Renk, including Wau Shilluk. This request was then approved by JMCC. A CTSAMM Monitoring and Verification Team (MVT) then planned and coordinated a patrol to Wau Shilluk to be executed on the 10 February 2017. However, due to a mortar attack in Wau Shilluk during the early morning of 10 February 2017 the patrol was delayed to 16 February 2017. Full Press Release...

Monitoring Report January 2017 0

7 February 2017 – Patrolling is a key way in which CTSAMM MVT’s monitor compliance with the PCTSA, maintain contact with stakeholders and develop their understanding of the situation on the ground.  CTSAMM is increasing the number of long-range patrols to areas where there are no MVT’s.  Recent patrols visited the areas of Yei, Mundri, Maridi, Raja and Pariang, and found that in general both Government and opposition forces are not compliant with the provisions of the PCTSA: conflict continues and the civilian population is subject to looting, rape, freedom of movement restrictions and killing....

Fighting in Nassir, Upper Nile State 0

7 February 2017 – Tensions have been high in the Nassir area since the start of the current conflict.  There have been numerous clashes between Government Forces in Nassir and SPLM/A-IO forces holding the surrounding villages. From late November to late December 2016 a series of clashes took place between the Parties.  Then from 26 December to 5 January Government Forces undertook a series of offensive operations directed at SPLM/A-IO positions surrounding Nassir, including those south of the Sobat River. CTSAMM REPORT 76 – FIGHTING IN NASSIR .pdf...

Alleged violations of the PCTSA in Juba 0

7 February 2017 – On 3 September 2016 an SSPS officer was killed near to POC 3 in Juba.  On 9 September there was an armed attack against an SSPS checkpoint again near to POC 3 which resulted in the wounding of an SSPS officer. The Government alleged that both these incidents were perpetrated by SPLM/A-IO personnel operating from within POC 3. After an extensive investigation the JTC concluded that the incidents did take place as described, but there was no evidence that identified the attackers. CTSAMM REPORT 75 – ALLEGED VIOLATIONS IN JUBA (1)...

Alleged violations of the PCTSA in Digala Boma, Central Equatoria 0

7 February 2017 – In line with the Peace Agreement that Juba should be demilitarized and SPLA units relocated 25 km away from the city, 700 soldiers of the 3rd Division were redeployed to Digala Boma, Rajaf County in Central Equatoria without informing and consulting the community elders and chiefs in advance. This took place in March 2016. The local people accused the SPLA soldiers of taking their land, looting crops and materials, harassment and displacement of local villagers. In particular, there were credible reports of the attempted rape of two women. CTSAMM REPORT 73 – ALLEGATIONS IN DIGALA BOMA .pdf...

Violations of the PCTSA in Unity State 0

7 February 2017 – It was alleged by the Government that IO forces attacked Rubkwai Barracks and headquarters of the County Commissioner in Mayendit County, Unity State on 26 June 2016, resulting in three Government Forces soldiers killed and two others wounded. However, the SPLM/A-IO alleged that some Government Forces soldiers defected and were followed and it was this that led to the clash which resulted one SPLM/A-IO soldier killed and nine seriously wounded. CTSAMM REPORT 72 – VIOLATIONS IN UNITY STATE .pdf...

Violation of the PCTSA in Unity State 0

7 February 2017 – It was alleged by the Government that on 19 June 2016, a Government Forces patrol at the Leer airstrip were attacked by  SPLM/A-IO soldiers stationed nearby and chased up to the INGOs Compounds by the airstrip, creating a lot of fear and insecurity. Three SPLA and two IO soldiers were wounded. It is the opinion of CTSAMM that the Government Forces patrol was in violation of the PCTSA. CTSAMM REPORT 71 – VIOLATION IN THE LEER AREA .pdf...

Violations of the PCTSA in Juba 0

7 February 2017 – On the evening of 15 June 2016, in two separate but related incidents, Government National Security Service (NSS) personnel attacked personnel of the Office of the (then) First Vice President (FVP). They were not provoked in any way. These incidents were initially reported to this forum at the last CTSAMM meeting in June 2016 when an interim report was presented. In the first incident, armed NSS personnel halted a motor vehicle and apprehended its sole occupant, a Protocol Driver for the FVP. CTSAMM REPORT 70 – VIOLATIONS IN JUBA .pdf...

Violations of the PCTSA in the Malakal Area 0

7 February 2017 – The security situation in the Malakal area was tense throughout the 2016. There were multiple reports of fighting and a series of violations by both parties. On 14 October there were clashes between SPLM/A-IO forces and Government Forces at Warjowk and Lelo. The allegations were made by JMCC, stating that the SPLM/A-IO had attacked government held positions by a bombardment and ground attack and in so doing had breached the PCTSA. CTSAMM-REPORT-029-VIOLATIONS-IN-THE-MALAKAL-AREA.pdf...

CTSAMM Chairperson Welcomes the Efforts of the Joint Integration Police 0

The Ceasefire & Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) chairman, Maj. Gen. Molla Hailemariam joined by other senior CTSAMM officials and the Deputy Minister of Interior, Brig. Gen. Riaw Gatlier Gai met this morning the police cadets under training in Rajab as part of the Joint Integration Police (JIP). The meeting aimed at noting the progress and challenges faced by the JIP. Full Press Release...

Violations of the PCTSA in Northern Bahr El Ghazal State 0

31 March 2016 – On 12 March 2016, a Government Police Station at Kang Abar in Northern Bahr el Ghazal was attacked by a group of armed  personnel form the SPLM/A-IO. At the time of the attack there was a Government Forces patrol in the area who reinforced the police and a clash developed that resulted in one Government fatality and several wounded casualties amongst the SPLM/A-IO were not confirmed. CTSAMM-REPORT-013-VIOLATIONS-IN-NORTHERN-BAHR-EL-GHAZAL-STATE.pdf...

Violations in Nassir, Upper Nile State 0

31 March 2016 – On 7M March 2016, a Government Force Solder based at the garrison in Nassir went over to the SPLM/A-IO. This precipitated an exchange of fire. The following morning a 300 strong force left the garrison and moved east through Nassir town towards the area of Kedbeck, which is under the control of SPLM/A-IO Forces. At the Government Forces passed through the market area of Nassir town a number of traders, who were setting up their stalls were rounded up by the Government Forces soldiers who then opened fire on them. At least 5 were killed....

Failure to Protect Civilians in Western Bahr El Ghazal State 0

22 March 2016 – The situation in the area south of WAu is complex, with issues between the local people and the Government which predate the current conflict. Recent events in the area involving offensive operations by Government Forces led to allegations being raised by the SPLM/A-IO that violations were committed at the end of December 3025 in the Momoi area and that 6 civilians were killed in Bangari. The MVT have not yet been able to get to Bangari, but have confirmed that violations were committed by Government Forces in the Momoi area, especially that they failed to...

Violations of the PCTSA in Upper Nile State 0

22 March 2016 – On 8 February 2016, a car driving from Akoka to Malakal was ambushed about 14 kilometres north east of Malakal, in an unpopulated area only about 500 metres to the east of the Nile. On the western bank of the Nile there are villages populated by those affiliated to the SPLM/A-IO. At least one of the 3 occupants of the car was a National Security officer who was wounded, together with the driver. One of the attackers was reportedly killed in an exchange of gunfire, after which the car fled the scene and got to...

PCTSA Violations in Western Equatoria State 0

22 March 2016 – On 10 and 11 February 2016 Government Forces in Western Equatoria State mounted two operations. The first in Mundi West County was directed against Bari and Gariya and involved troops based in Mundri. The second in Mundri East involved troops based in Lanyi who advanced to and attacked the village of Lozoh. The civilian populations fled as soon as Government Forces arrived and so there were few casualties, although many houses and crops burnt, and agriculture produce, livestock and valuable equipment such as grinding mills, clinic supplies and solar panels were looted. CTSAMM-REPORT-006-VIOLATIONS-IN-MUNDRI.pdf...

Violations of the PCTSA in Western Equatoria State 0

22 March 2016 – Late at night on 24 December 2015, there was an outbreak of fighting in Lui. The Government Forces garrison was attacked, and four solders allegedly killed. The allegation from the Government was that the attack was by the SPLM/A-IO. Following an investigation which involved interviewing local Government officials and military officers, as well as members of the civilian population, the JTC assessed that the attack did take place, and that forces allied to or under command of the SPLM/A-IO were responsible. It is therefore the opinion of the JTC that the SPLM/A-IO was in violation...

Violations of the PCTSA in Upper Nile State 0

22 March 2016 – On about the 28th January 2016, the area of Mina Jalhac in Upper Nile State was shelled from the west bank of the Nile. As a result of the shelling several houses were burnt and the area depopulated. The western bank of the Nile in this area is dominated by forces affiliated to the SPLM/A-IO. It is the assessment of the JTC that the shelling did take place and responsibility lies with the SPLM/A-IO for this violation of the PCTSA. CTSAMM-REPORT-004-VIOLATIONS-IN-UPPER-NILE-STATE.pdf...

Protection of Civilians in Western Equatoria State 0

19 February 2016 – The situation in the Mundri area has been untable since May 2015 with conflict developing between local people, several armed groups and Government Forces. Recent allegations given to CTSAMM by SPLM/A-IO have been investigated by an MVT deployed to the area. The results of the investigation were wide-raging. Much information was gathered, although not all was either clear or corroborated. CTSAMM REPORT 57 – VIOLATION IN WESTERN EQUATORIA STATE .pdf...

Report of Alleged Violations and the Situation in Unity State 0

18 December 2015 – On 17 November 2015, the MVT in Bentiu received information from a variety of sources that a car carrying civilians had been attacked at a place called Duar in Koch County, Unity State, and that 8 people had been killed and others injured. CTSAMM REPORT 55 – ALLEGED VIOLATION IN UNITY STATE.pdf...

Violations and Confidence Building Measures in Unity State 0

18 December 2015 – On 23 October 2015, the MVT based in Bentiu received information from both sides of clashes in the Leer area. On 26 October 2015 an official from the SPLM/A-IO claimed that a large number of civilians had been killed in Leer. The MVT conducted an initial investigation on 2 November 2015. Further visits in mid-November and at the beginning of December provided more information, and together with corroborative information from other trusted sources it became apparent that there is no doubt that about 50 civilians were killed as a result of the actions of Government...

Violations in Upper Nile State 0

27 October 2014 – Following the receipt of reports from the Monitoring and Verification Teams (MVTs) based in Malakal and Melut that described violations of the Cessation of Hostilites Agreement (COHA) in Upper Nile State at Doleib Hill, Panyikang County and Thor Gwang, Manyo County, the JTC initiated formal investigation and verification process. Reports indicate that hostilities between SPLM/A-IO and Government Forces took place in the area of Doleib Hill, Panyikang County on Friday 10 October and Saturday 11 October 2014, and at Thor Gwang, Manyo County on 19 October. MVM Report 015 – Violations in Upper Nile State .pdf  ...

Violations in Bentiu and Mayom, Unity State 0

24 September 2014 – Following the receipt of reports that inferred potential on going violations of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (COHA), in Bentiu and Mayom (Unity State), the JTC initiated formal investigation and verification processes. The results of the investigations are contained in this report. Reports indicate that forces loyal to the Government of the Republic of South Sudan (GRSS) are recruiting child soldiers in Unity State and using them for military operations in Bentiu and Mayom. MVM Report 014 – Violations in Bentiu and Mayom, Unity State .pdf...

Violations in Juba, Central Equatoria State 0

18 September 2014 – Following the receipt of reports that inferred potential violations of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (COHA) and Agreement to Resolve the Crisis in South Sudan (ARCSS), in Juba (Central Equatoria State), the JTC initiated formal investigation and verification processes. The results of the investigation are contained in this report. Reports indicate that the Government of the Republic of South Sudan (GRSS) prevented the leader of the Political Parties Leadership Forum (PPLF), Dr. Lam Akol, from travelling to Ethiopia to attend the peace talks despite his invitation from IGAD. MVM Report 013 – Violations in Juba, Central Equatoria State .pdf...

Violations in Ayod County, Jonglei State 0

21 August 2014 – Reports indicate that hostilities between Government Forces and forces loyal to Sudan People’s Liberation Movement / Army in Opposition (SPLM/A-IO) took place in the area south of Ayod town, Ayod County (Jonglei State), on 15 August 2014. Reports indicate that SPLM/A-IO Forces conducted a deliberate attack on Government Forces in Ayod, without provocation, but were subsequently repelled by the Government Forces with the loss of many casualties. Government Forces continue to defend their position south of Ayod town. MVM Report 011 – Violations in Ayod County, Jonglei State .pdf...

Violations in Rubkono County, Unity State 0

21 August 2014 – On 15 August SPLM/A-IO Forces conducted an attack on Government Forces in Rubkona and Bentiu towns, claiming they were provoked by Government Force advances in Mayom and Guit counties. Reports indicate that SPLM/A-IO Forces were repelled in Rubkona, but unconfirmed information suggests that SPLM/A-IO Forces captured areas to the south of Bentiu town. Government Forces continue to defend their positions in Rubkona and Bentiu. MVM Report 012 – Violations in Rubkona County, Unity State .pdf...