CTSAMVM honors outgoing Ceasefire Monitors 0

The Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring and Verification Mechanism, CTSAMVM held an Awards and Farewell Ceremony to honor twelve of its outgoing Monitors from China, Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya, who have completed their tour of duty in the mission. The guest of honor, H.E. Ambassador HE Xiandong of the People’s Republic of China spoke on the importance of CTSAMVM’s role in the implementation of the R-ARCSS and acknowledged the contribution and dedication of the out going Monitors in fulfilling CTSAMVM’s mandate during their tenure of deployment. CTSAMVM Chairman, Maj. Gen. Desta Abiche Ageno also lauded the Monitors for...

CTSAMVM meets with Civil Society Focal persons in Juba 0

CTSAMVM engaged Civil Affairs Focal Persons from different institutions to discuss the efforts by the Parties in the dissemination of the Revitalized Peace Agreement and propose initiatives that will allow for collaboration as stipulated in Chapter II of the R-ARCSS. The meeting was officially opened by the CTSAMVM Chief of Staff, William J. Gallagher and attended by participants from JMEC, UNMISS, UNHCR, UNOCHA, ICRC, OXFAM, South Sudan Research Institute, South Sudan Civil Society Forum, amongst others. CTSAMVM Civil Affairs Advisor, Sara Formisano gave an overview on the organization’s activities in relation to reporting on returnees and IDPs, humanitarian access,...

CTSAMVM holds 4th Board Meeting in Juba 0

The Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring and Verification Mechanism held its 4th Board Meeting in Juba today.   Chairperson Maj.Gen. Desta Abiche Ageno welcomed the members and noted that this was the second time the CTSAMVM Board Meeting was being held in Juba, adding “This represents a significant milestone and shows momentum for progress in the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement.” He further stated, “I truly believe that by working together, we can ensure effective implementation of the Permanent Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements, and contribute to a more secure and stable country.”   The Chairman further...

CTSAMVM Act. Legal Advisor discusses the 8th Meeting of the Technical Committee 0

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Opening Remarks at the 8th CTSAMVM Meeting of the Technical Committee 0

Opening Statement By Maj. Gen. Desta Abiche Ageno Chairman of CTSAMVM At The 8th CTSAMVM Technical Committee Meeting Juba, February 4th 2019 Excellencies, CTSAMVM Technical Committee members, Representatives from the Board members, Representatives from the Donor countries and International Community, Dear Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen, Good morning. I warmly welcome all of you to the 8th meeting of the CTSAMVM Technical Committee. I again sincerely thank the Donor countries for their continued financial and political support to CTSAMVM. I also want to thank the Party representatives who travelled to Juba to attend this meeting and I note that this...

MVT Awiel briefs on CTSAMVM Mandate in Wanyjok 0

Ceasefire Monitors in Aweil briefed State Ministers, Paramount Chiefs, Local Chiefs, youth, women and other participants on the CTSAMVM Mandate and the revitalized Peace Agreement. The workshop organized by UNMISS in Wanyjok on 29thJanuary was attended by 60 participants from Awiel and the neighboring states....

CTSAMVM trains new Monitors in Juba 0

CTSAMVM conducted induction training for twelve new Ceasefire Monitors from Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. The training conducted at Canada House in Juba covered several topics including how to report on compliance and non-compliance of the Parties to the PCTSA. Maj. Gen. Desta Abiche Ageno, the Chairman of CTSAMVM welcomed new the new Ceasefire Monitors to the mission and spoke to them on the importance of their work to the peace process in South Sudan....

Ceasefire Monitors take part in the 4th Trust and Confidence Building Meeting in Wau 0

On 28thJanuary 2019, CTSAMVM Monitors participated in the 4thTrust and Confidence Building Meeting in Wau town. Held in the office of the Secretary General at the Wau State Council Ministers, the meeting was attended by the Wau State Government Officials including the Council of Ministers, Commissioners, the Police Commissioner, Director of National Security and the South Sudan Defence Forces 5thDivision Commander. A delegation of SPLA-IO Representatives from Mboro, Gadi and Wadhalelo also took part in the meeting. Both Parties made reassurances of their commitment to implement the R-ARCSS and observe the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Wau State...

CTSAMVM to hold 7th Meeting of the Technical Committee 0

The Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring and Verification Mechanism will hold the 7th Meeting of the Technical Committee on Wednesday 16th January 2019 at the Crown Hotel in Juba, South Sudan at 9.45am. The Technical Committee is made up of senior Generals from the Parties and the CTSAMVM leadership. The committee meets every two weeks to discuss the implementation of the Ceasefire Agreement. This is the first time the meeting will be held in Juba....

De-Confliction of Forces – Lessons from Previous Missions, By Brig. General Jan Erik Wilhemsen 0

CTSAMM Workshop presentation by Brig. General Jan Erik Wilhemsen Presented to CTSAMM’s Workshop on the Permanent Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements (PCTSA) held in Kharoum, Sudan (3-5 September 2018)...

Jebel Boma Benefits from CTSAMM Community Engagement Forum 0

84 people from all major towns and villages surrounding Jebel Boma participated in the forum. The participants included military and civilian authority leaders, government and community leaders, and women and youth representatives. The forum aimed at promoting the current Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities (ACoH) and creating awareness on CTSAMM as well as MVTs performance in their area of responsibility. The topics covered include: the ACoH, Humanitarian Access and Protection of Civilians, the Agreement on Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS), the CTSAMM Mandate, MVT monitoring/verification procedures and Gender Based Violence. Jebel Boma County...

CTSAMM Chief of Staff meets with the Governor in Upper Nile State 0

30 July, 2018, Malakal, The CTSAMM Chief of Staff, Bill Gallagher, and the Malakal Monitoring and Verification (MVT) team met with the Governor of Upper Nile State, Honourable James Tor, to discuss the implementation of the Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities (ACOH).   The Governor welcomed CTSAMM and commented on the challenges that are facing the country in terms of restoring peace and stability. The CTSAMM Chief of Staff said CTSAMM stands ready to monitor and help facilitate the Parties through the transitional period and also stressed that the organisation works in an impartial neutral manner when investigating breaches...

David Yau Yau; “We welcome CTSAMM to Pibor” 0

10-11 July, 2018, Pibor, The CTSAMM Monitoring and Verification team conducted outreach with communities in Pibor. At the opening of the event the Governor David Yau Yau welcomed CTSAMM to Pibor and commented on the important role CTSAMM have to play in the peace process.   Topics covered included a briefing on the Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities and the mandate on CTSAMM. The participants thanked the team for engaging them and requested  CTSAMM to carry out more activities of this nature in the future....

CTSAMM discusses the Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities and the peace process with over 200 youth representatives in Juba 0

17- 19 July, 2018, Juba, the CTSAMM Communications office met with over 200 youth leaders to provide a briefing on the mandate of the organisation and engage the representatives in discussion on the peace process. The briefing  was part of a workshop organised by the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission  themed “Peace in Time: Creating awareness for the Youth on the South Sudan Peace Process” which brought together 200 students from the Youth Peacemaker Network at the Juba-based Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI). The four day event involved a briefing from CTSAMM on the mandate of the organisation and also a broader discussion...

Aweil MVT – Synergy Yielding Success 0

In that month alone, the team together with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and local actors organized six events, its Team Leader, Lt. Col. Ahmed Yousif, says. This report on best practices is a testimonial to the team’s ingenious innovation repurposing itself during a fortunate time  in which there was  prevailing peace in their area of responsibility – Northern Bahr el-Ghazal – the team members made themselves busy by being creative through a close and appropriate reading of the agreement and the undertaking of engagement with the civilian communities in which it operates. Lt. Col. Thomas Kiseu,...

Promoting the role of women in peace and security at the European Development Days 0

Themed “Women and girls at the forefront of sustainable development” the European Development Days – Europe’s leading forum in international development – took place on 5-6 June in Brussels. It was the perfect opportunity for the African Peace Facility to introduce a topic of growing relevance for the design and implementation of peace operations in Africa: gender mainstreaming in peace processes. The debate organised by the APF was dedicated to ‘The role of African women in the prevention, management and resolution of African conflicts’ to discuss ideas on how to further promote women’s inclusion in peace-building across Africa. The...

CTSAMM to host workshop for the Warring Parties and Board Meeting in Addis Ababa in May and June, 2018. 0

In late May and early June, 2018, CTSAMM intends to hold a workshop for the warring Parties and a CTSAMM Board meeting with all relevant stakeholders including Youth and Civil Society Representatives as well as the international community. Following the conclusion of the second phase of the HLRF in Addis Ababa in May, CTSAMM will convene a workshop to orient the warring Parties on the work of CTSAMM and also to build confidence amongst the parties as well as discuss further modalities concerning the Permanent Ceasefire Framework . Immediately following the workshop CTSAMM also intends to hold a Board...

CTSAMM conducts workshop in Bor on how to report Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) 0

The two day training drew 30 participants from NGOs, SPLA, Civil Society Organizations, Health Facilities, Police, Prisons and Youth representatives. The training was a multi-purpose capacity building initiative aimed at:- Introducing and creating awareness on the Peace Agreement and the implementation process to the Civil Society, and governmental organizations – highlighting their role in the Peace process as per the Peace agreement. Educating Civil Society and governmental organizations on the role of CTSAMM including the reporting Focus areas – included SGBV affiliated to Armed forces and the reporting process; Legal and Medical aspects of Rape; Humanitarian access; Humanitarian International...

Japanese Ambassador, His Excellency, Seiji Okada, presents medals to outgoing ceasefire monitors 0

April 16, 2018, Juba, The CTSAMM held a medal ceremony for outgoing ceasefire monitors to recognise their contribution to the mission. The monitors will be leaving the CTSAMM as they have completed their one year rotation with the mission. Presiding over the ceremony was the CTSAMM Chief of Staff, Theasa Burns. The Chief of Staff remarked on the dedication the monitors had shown in the course of discharging their mandate and recognised the determination they displayed in the face of many challenges. She then invited the Japanese Ambassador, His Excellency, Seiji Okada, to present the monitors with their medals....

His Excellency He Xiangdong, Ambassador from the Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China in South Sudan presents medals to CTSAMM monitors 0

March 19, 2018, Juba, The CTSAMM held a medal ceremony for ceasefire monitors to recognise their contribution to the mission. Some of the monitors who received medals will be leaving the CTSAMM as they have completed their one year rotation with the mission. The outgoing group include monitors and observers from Kenya, Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Egypt and China. The Guest of Honour, His Excellency He Xiangdong, Ambassador from the Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China in South Sudan was greeted on arrival by the CTSAMM Chairman Major General Ibrahim Abduljelill. Before asking the Ambassador to present medals to...

The European Union supports CTSAMM to conduct training for Civil Society on reporting of cases of Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV). 0

15-16 March, 2018, Juba, the CTSAMM held a two-day training for Civil Society in Juba on reporting of Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV). The recently signed Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities (ACOH) gives specific mention to the prohibition of SGBV and therefore the training will enable CTSAMM and civil society work more collaboratively in the reporting of such incidents.     The training included a general introduction to CTSAMM and the ACOH, a brief on CTSAMMs role in reporting humanitarian access violations, SGBV definitions and SGBV incidents that CTSAMM considers violations of the ACOH. The training also included...

The CTSAMM Monitoring and Verification Team (MVT) in Aweil engages in dissemination of the Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities (ACOH) with local stakeholders 0

The CTSAMM MVT in Aweil have engaged the Ayuang Payam Community and the Womens Organisation Network in Aweil Town to sensitize them and obtain their feedback on the ACOH signed in Addis Ababa on 21st December, 2017. The MVT also conducted a patrol to Marial Baai (Lol State) and Malek Alel (Aweil South) to conduct further sensitization activities on the ACOH.   Through dissemination of the ACOH the CTSAMM hopes to give a better understanding of the provisions of the agreement to local communities and authorities. Knowledge of the agreement is essential to successful implementation at the grassroots level....

CTSAMM Completes Workshop on the Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities (ACOH) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 0

On 25 January the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) closed a workshop comprising of all the warring parties to orient them on the work of CTSAMM, and to engage the parties regarding their obligations to declare their forces to enable effective monitoring of the recently signed Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities (ACOH) signed in Addis Ababa in December 2017. All Parties participated in a very cooperative manner and expressed appreciation to CTSAMM for convening the forum and for enlightening them on the way in which CTSAMM operates.       In his closing remarks the CTSAMM...

CTSAMM Convenes the Warring Parties for a 3 day Workshop on the Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 0

On 24 January the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) convened a workshop comprising all the warring parties to orient them on the work of CTSAMM and to engage the parties regarding their obligations to declare their forces to enable effective monitoring of the recently signed Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities (ACOH) signed in Addis Ababa in December, 2017.   In his opening remarks the CTSAMM Chairman, Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Abduljelill said “the peace process is at a pivotal point and in order to restore peace and stability in South Sudan, we must all enter into...

MVT Yambio participates in GBV workshop 0

In culmination of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence and marking of the International Human Rights Day, MVT Yambio participated in a workshop organized by the UNMISS Gender Unit in partnership with United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United Nations Population Fund (UNPF) and Catholic Mission Medical Board (CMMB) on 14th December 2017. Marked under the theme “GBV Prevention an Inspiration; It is an Obligation”, MVT Yambio joined as GBV partners to extend their interaction with various stakeholders and widen collaboration, information collection and reporting capacity....

CTSAMM Holds Donors’ Conference 0

On 12th December 2017, CTSAMM held a donor conference in Addis Ababa Ethiopia to set the stage for the organization’s requirements and plans for 2018 as stipulated by its mandate, Chapter II of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS). The conference was attended by representatives from the European Union, United Kingdom, Germany, Norway and Japan. CTSAMM briefed the representatives on the current security situation in South Sudan, Monitoring Reports overview for 2017, CTSAMM’s participation with the High Level Revitalization Forum and current developments, CTSAMM’s Capability Development for 2018, the Financial Report for 2017...

CTSAMM welcomes new Chairman 0

On 30th November 2017, the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism bid farewell to MG. Molla Hailemariam and welcomed MG. Ibrahim Abduljelill as the new Chairman of CTSAMM. The handover ceremony held at CTSAMM HQ was attended by the CTSAMM staff....

CTSAMM trains MVTs on gender dimensions reporting 0

From 5th to 6th December 2017, CTSAMM conducted training for Malakal Monitoring Team (MVT) members.  The two day training, capacitated members of the team on Monitoring, Verifying and Reporting on the gender dimensions of the Permanent Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements (PCTSA) violations. The team comes from a diverse background; and the training provided them with clear understanding of a South Sudan context in Gender, related dynamics and link to Sexual Gender Based Violence, as well as Child Soldier Recruitment and Usage....