CTSAMM holds workshop for Monitoring and Verification Team Leaders in Juba 0

The CTSAMM team leader’s workshop took place from 4-7 April in Juba. The focus of the workshop was to share information on the Monitoring and Verification Teams (MVTs) activities in relation to the verification of the forces throughout the country. CTSAMM Operations section presented a briefing on verification, lessons learned and best practices. Additional briefings included; aircraft procedures, tetra training, food security, MVT challenges and reporting. On the final day of the workshop team leaders were broken into groups and presented briefings on their areas as a practical exercise....

CTSAMM hosts Donor Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 0

  5th April, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, CTSAMM held its second Donor Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The one day event was intended to update donors on the activities of CTSAMM and also to plan for the future requirements of the mission. CTSAMM is generously supported through financial and in-kind contributions from China, Norway, US, UK, Japan, EU, Denmark and Germany. The IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan, Ismail Wais, as well as the UK Special Envoy for South Sudan, Chris Trott were also in attendance. The CTSAMM Chairman, Major General Ibrahim Abduljelill, opened the conference by thanking the donors...

CTSAMM is deeply concerned regarding ongoing reports and allegations of hostilities in southern Central Equatoria and areas of Upper Nile. 0

Juba, 29 March, 2018, The CTSAMM is deeply concerned regarding ongoing reports and allegations of hostilities in the southern area of Central Equatoria and areas of Upper Nile.   The CTSAMM would like to remind the Parties of their obligations to cease all hostilities and adhere to the provisions of the Agreement of the Cessation of Hostilities (ACOH), including freezing of forces and military movements without prior authority of CTSAMM. All parties committed to implement the agreement “in full and in good faith”. The 61st Extra-Ordinary Session of IGAD Council of Ministers underscored its resolve to bring any violators...

CTSAMM Chairman visits Bentiu 0

The CTSAMM Chairman, Major General Ibrahim Abdeljellil, travelled to Bentiu today to meet the CTSAMM Monitoring and Verification team (MVT) working in the area. The Chairman undertook the visit to personally follow up on the work of the monitoring team and to understand the challenges they face in discharging their mandate. The Chairman also met with the UNMISS Head of Field Office in Bentiu to express his gratitude for the continued support of the UN to CTSAMM....

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....

Japan Contributes to CTSAMM 0

Juba, 9 March 2018, the CTSAMM Chairperson, Major General Ibrahim Abduljellil, paid a courtesy call to the Ambassador of Japan to South Sudan, Mr. Seiji Okada, to receive funds of $500,000 USD provided to the mission with the aim supporting the peace process in South Sudan. The funds will enable the CTSAMM to carry out its mandate of monitoring the ceasefire in South Sudan. The project funding will enhance the efforts to conduct outreach with civil society and other stakeholders with specific focus on addressing gender issues. Funds will also be used to acquire vehicles and communication tools as...

CTSAMM Chairman Visits Monitoring and Verification Teams around the country 0

The CTSAMM Chairman, Maj Gen Ibrahim Abdeljeili led a 5-day mission to oversee the work of the CTSAMM monitoring and verification teams in numerous field locations around the country including Bor, Yambio, Torit and Malakal. The Chairman undertook this mission in order to meet with teams to further enhance understanding of the challenges they face in discharging their duties and also to follow up personally on the verification exercise on the disposition of forces of the various armed groups who are party to the ceasefire agreement. The CTSAMM Chairman also had the opportunity to meet with the UNMISS Head...

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....

CTSAMM takes action during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence 0

The Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) is participating in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence Campaign ( http://16dayscwgl.rutgers.edu/ ). The 16 day Campaign is an annual global movement emphasizing all forms of violence against women as a human rights issue. CTSAMM is taking action to support the campaign under the theme of “Stand against Gender Based Violence; Report it! It is a violation of the Peace Agreement”. As stipulated in the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS) CTSAMM is mandated to monitor and report on cases of Sexual Gender...

CTSAMM Condemns Recent Hostilities and Acts of Violence 0

The CTSAMM is closely following reports of recent hostilities taking place in different areas of the country including Duk County and Leer Town. The CTSAMM has subsequently launched investigations in these areas. CTSAMM would like to remind the Warring Parties of their obligation to cease all hostilities and protect civilians as is stipulated in the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS).   The CTSAMM would also like to reiterate that it works in an impartial, professional and thorough manner to investigate alleged breaches of the Permanent Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements (PCTSA) on the basis...

CTSAMM trains MVT Yei on Gender Sensitivity 0

On 24th November 2017, CTSAMM completed a two day Gender Sensitivity training for its Yei Monitoring and Verification Team (MVT) members. In accordance with article 1.7 of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS), the training focused on how to monitor, verify and report on gender dimensions on the Permanent Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements (PCTSA) violations. As part of the Monitoring, Verification and Reporting (MVR)process, CTSAMM ensures that all its Ceasefire Monitors are aware of the of the inclusion of the impacts, experiences and priorities of women, men, girls and boys in building...

CTSAMM inducts new International Observers and Liaison Officers 0

From 20th to 24th November 2017, the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism conducted induction training for its new international observers and liaison officers. The purpose of the training was to provide an overview of the CTSAMM mission and policies as well as the Agreements and procedures CTSAMM uses to fulfill its mandate in South Sudan. To mark the end of the training, CTSAMM organized a graduation ceremony which was attended by CTSAMM Chairman MG. Molla Hailemariam, Deputy Chairman MG. Tariq Abdelkarim, guest of honors H.E Amb. Fissehe Shawl of Ethiopia, H.E. Amb. Aadim Ibrahim of Sudan and...

CTSAMM briefs the 21st JMEC Plenary session in Juba 0

On 20th November 2017, the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission, JMEC held its 21st Plenary Meeting in Juba.  In attendance were the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism Deputy Chairman MG. Tariq Abdelkarim and other CTSAMM officials. During the meeting, MG. Tariq remarked that although violations of the Ceasefire continue to take place, the scale and frequency of hostilities has decreased since the last CTSAMM Board meeting in October 2017, adding that “CTSAMM has closely monitored events throughout the country”. He made note that during this reporting period, CTSAMM has conducting a total of 3 Long Duration Patrols...

Head of EU Delegation, Ambassador Stefano De Leo presents medals to outgoing ceasefire monitors 0

On the 16th of November the CTSAMM held a medal ceremony for outgoing ceasefire monitors who have completed their one year deployment with the mission. The medal presentation was carried out by the Guest of Honor, the Head of the EU delegation to South Sudan, Ambassador Stefano De Leo. The CTSAMM Chairman, Major General Molla Hailemariam, opened the ceremony by thanking the monitors for their service to the mission. The Chairman then invited Ambassador De Leo to present the medals and say a few words. Ambassador De Leo thanked the monitors for their work on behalf of the international...

CTSAMM meets Troika representatives 0

On the 16th of November, 2017, the CTSAMM Chairman Major General Molla Hailemariam, joined by other CTSAMM Officials met with high level Troika officials including H.E Ambassador Alison Blackburne from the UK, the UK Special Representative for Sudan and South Sudan Chris Trott, Senior Adviser the the office of the US Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan Paul R. Sutphin, and the Norwegian Special Representative for Sudan and South Sudan Erik Skjonsberg. Among the issues discussed were CTSAMMs mission, activities and operational challenges the organization faces. The Special Representatives are visiting Juba ahead of the IGAD High Level...

CTSAMM Monitoring and Verification Team travels to Muthiang in Upper Nile State 0

On 14th of November a CTSAMM Monitoring and Verification Team travelled to Muthiang in Upper Nile State. The purpose of the mission was to assess the status of the Permanent Ceasefire, gather information on the conflict in the area and interact with the local civil and military authorities as well as the civilian population. The MVT are currently compiling a report for review by the CTSAMM Chairman....

CTSAMM gives presentation to representatives from Youth Organizations, November, 2017 0

On 10 November 2017, The CTSAMM Communications officer made a presentation to the representatives of Youth Organizations at a workshop on the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS) organized by the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) in Juba. The presentation focused on explaining the mandate and activities of CTSAMM as well as the current situation in the country with regards to the Permanent Ceasefire. The participants thanked CTSAMM for their presentation and requested continued sharing of information on CTSAMM activities....

Chairman’s Trip to Bentiu, Bunj, Nassir, Yambio and Melut 0

From 26th October 2017 to 2nd November 2017, the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism Chairman MG. Molla joined by other CTSAMM officials visited MVT sites in Bentiu, Bunj, Nassir, Yambio and Melut. The MVT members briefed the CTSAMM delegation on the general security situation in their area of responsibility, their activities, achievements and the challenges they face in fulfilling the CTSAMM mandate. MG. Molla urged the MVTs to establish friendly relationships and continually interact with UNMISS, the Parties to the ARCSS, the local leadership as well as the civil society to enable CTSAMM to effectively carry out...

CTSAMM Members Meeting 0

On Monday 30th October 2017, the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Monitoring Mechanism in continuation of the 14th CTSAMM Board Meeting held a members meeting in Juba. This meeting was held in request by the Parties to the ARCSS for time to review and comment on the reports CTSAMM presented to its members on 24th October 2017. The meeting was attended by representatives from the warring Parties, 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...

CTSAMM Team Leader’s Workshop 0

On the 28th of October 2017, CTSAMM concluded four day training in Juba for its Monitoring and Verification Team Leaders on the general security situation in South Sudan, status of the PCTSA, execution of team activities as well as monitoring and reporting on violations as per CTSAMM’s mandate, among others. The JMEC Chief of Staff, Ambassador Berhanu Kebede was a guest speaker at the training workshop; and he spoke about the IGAD led revitalization process of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS).  He noted the challenges they have faced so far, and appreciated...

Opening Remarks from the 14th CTSAMM Meeting, Juba, October 2017 0

Opening Remarks 14th CTSAMM Meeting Opening Statement By Maj.Gen. Molla Hailemariam Chairman of CTSAMM at the 14th CTSAMM Meeting Royal Palace Hotel, Juba, October 2017 Excellencies, Colleagues, Ladies and gentlemen, Good morning and welcome to the 14th Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) Members meeting. I would like to extend my appreciation to TGoNU and the SPLA for their support and their efforts to ensure facilitation and acssess   for our recent missions, even though there are still concerns to be fully resolved regarding the process for access assurance which is centralized and time consuming. We appreciate the support of UNMISS in...

GIZ officials visit CTSAMM HQ 0

Officials from GIZ paid a visit to CTSAMM on 19th October 2017, Dr. Ute Boettcher from the Governance and Conflict Section (Deutsch Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) and Mr. Christian Gruenhagen, the Regional Program Manager for GIZ were briefed by the CTSAMM Chairman and select personnel on the organization’s history, mandate, activities, accomplishments and challenges. The Chairman noted that GIZ has provided critical support to CTSAMM; and CTSAMM remains grateful to GIZ for their continued support....