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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.

CTSAMM attends JMEC Plenary Meeting 0

On 24th August 2017, Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism Chairman MG. Molla Hailemariam joined by other CTSAMM officials attended the 19th JMEC Plenary in Juba.   The Chairman remarked that CTSAMM has been playing a role in the mapping exercises involving Other Armed Groups and political parties to be engaged ahead of the IGAD High Level revitalization Forum and has conducted multiple meetings with different relevant stakeholders to support JMEC’s efforts. He also stated that the CTSAMM Board is reviewing reports on alleged violations discussed during the 13th CTSAMM members meeting and will submit this once complete,...

13th CTSAMM Members meeting 0

Opening Statement by Maj. Gen. Molla Hailemariam Chairman of CTSAMM at the 13th CTSAMM Meeting at Royal Palace Hotel, Juba, August 2017 Download here...

OPENING REMARKS CTSAMM MEETING 23082017 0

Opening Statement by Maj. Gen. Molla Hailemariam Chairman of CTSAMM at the 13th CTSAMM Meeting Royal Palace Hotel, Juba, August 2017 Download here ...

CTSAMM attends official launch of the Joint Operations Centre 0

On 17th August 2017, the Ceasefire & Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism chairman, MG. Molla Hailemariam joined by other CTSAMM officials attended the opening ceremony of the Joint Operations Centre (JOC) at Nyakuron Police Facility in Juba. The JOC was established as a mechanism to avoid conflict and ensure coordination of security forces operating within Juba as per Chapter II, article 5.5 of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan, ARCSS. At full capacity, the JOC will operate 24 hours a day and constitute of representatives from the South Sudan National Police Service, the Sudan...

UK Special Representative visits CTSAMM MVT in Bentiu 0

On 17th August the UK Special Representative to Sudan and South Sudan, Chris Trott, visited the CTSAMM Monitoring and Verifications Team in Bentiu. The team in Bentiu met the Special Representative on arrival at the airport and then travelled to the UNMISS Bentiu base where they briefed him on their activities. The briefing covered a wide range of topics including conflict dynamics in the area and the challenges the team faces in executing their mandate. The Special Representative thanked the team for facilitating his visit and impressed upon them the important role they play in the peace process; he...

UK Special Representative visits CTSAMM HQ 0

On 17th August, 0217, The UK Special Representative met with the CTSAMM Chairman and other senior CTSAMM staff. The meeting discussed the important role CTSAMM has in the peace process and the challenges experienced in fulfilling the mandate of CTSAMM.  The Special Representative assured the CTSAMM of continuous support in their mission....

CTSAMM MVT denied freedom of movement to the Lasu area, in Yei 0

  As part of the CTSAMMs ongoing mission to monitor the permanent ceasefire and transitional security arrangements, the CTSAMM is currently undertaking a two week mission to the Yei area. The team is conducting a joint patrol with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan. Both the CTSAMM HQ and the Yei monitoring team followed all necessary procedures to gain access to the area including working with the civil and military leadership bodies on the ground. Despite being granted access assurances at both the central and local government levels, on 15th of August, 2017, the monitoring team was denied...

CTSAMM conducts training on Gender Sensitivity 0

On 14th August the Juba Monitoring and Verification Team concluded a two day training on Gender Sensitivity. The training was organized to enable the MTVs to monitor, verify and report on the compliance of the Permaenet Ceasefire agreement with major focus on gender, including reporting on violations against women and children as per article 1.7 of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan. All monitors greatly appreciated the training and commented that it would enable them to better report on the impact of the conflict and also enable them devise better recommendations to the warring...

CTSAMM attends JMCC meeting 0

On 9th of August CTSAMM attended the regular meeting of the Joint Military Ceasefire Commission (JMCC). The JMCC is the institution tasked with implementing the Permanent Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements (PCTSA) and is made up of representatives from the warring parties. The CTSAMM works closely with the JMCC to ensure effective monitoring of the implementation of the PCTSA....

CTSAMM MVT visit Mankien, Mayendit…. 0

  In the first week of August CTSAMM Monitoring and Verification Teams visited numerous areas. The team in Bentiu visited Mankien and Mayendit. The team in Malakal visited Tonga and the Yei team are currently undertaking a two week mission to the area in order to assess the security situation and compliance to the Permanent Ceasefire. The teams all met with various stakeholders including local civilians and are now preparing detailed reports with recommendations on future actions for the CTSAMM Chairman....

Ambassador of Somalia visits CTSAMM HQs 0

On 2 August, 2017, the Ambassador of Somalia, His Excellency Hussein Hagi Ahmed Mohamud, visited the CTSAMM HQ. The CTSAMM Chairman and the Ambassador discussed the on-going Somali contributions to CTSAMM. The Ambassador assured CTSAMM of continuous support and highlighted the importance of CTSAMM in the peace process given the on-going ceasefire violations....

CTSAMM MVT assess PCTSA in Wonduruba Payam 0

From 24 – 26 July, 2017, a CTSAMM Monitoring and Verification Team travelled to Wonduruba Payam in Central Equatoria to assess the security situation and compliance to the Permanent Ceasefire. The team met with various different local stakeholders including the SPLA, the local authorities and civilians in the area. The team is now in the process of compiling a full report for the CTSAMM Chairman who will finalize it the before presenting it to the CTSAMM Board on the 23rd of August....

IGAD Council of Ministers 58th Extra-Ordinary Session 0

The IGAD Council of Ministers held its 58th Extra-Ordinary Session on 23rd and 24th July 2017 under the chairmanship of H.E. Workneh Gebeyehu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and Chairperson of the IGAD Council. The session was attended by H.E. Mahamoud Ali Youssouf, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Djibouti; H.E. Amina Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kenya; H.E. Yusuf Garaad Omar, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Somalia; H.E. Deng Alor Kuol, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Sudan;...

Opening Remarks CTSAMM Meeting 20072017 0

Opening Statement By Maj.Gen. Molla Hailemariam Chairman of CTSAMM at the 12th CTSAMM Meeting Dembesh Hotel, Juba, July 2017 Download here ....

Non-Political Stakeholders Consultation Workshop 0

Non-Political Stakeholders Consultation Workshop Report on the Permanent Ceasere & Transitional Security Arrangements. Download here ....

IGAD Special Envoy visits CTSAMM HQ 0

On the 15th July 2017 the newly appointed IGAD Special Envoy to South Sudan, Ambassador Ismail Wais, visited the CTSAMM HQ. The purpose of the meeting was to receive a briefing on the work of CTSAMM and an update on the most recent activities of the organization. The visit also provided a chance for the CTSAMM to strengthen its relationship and cooperation with IGAD. The Special Envoy thanked the CTSAMM Chairman for the briefing and assured CTSAMM of his support....

CTSAMM MONITORING AND VERIFICATION TEAM DENIED FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT BY GOVERNMENT FORCES TO KAJO KEJI 0

On the morning of Tuesday 4 July 2017, Government/SPLA soldiers at one SPLA checkpoint stopped a Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) / United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Joint Patrol near Rejaf en route to Kajo-Keji. Full Press Release Here....

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...