CTSAMVM Convenes 4th Technical Committee Meeting- click here for the opening remarks 0

See below the Opening Remarks from the CTSAMVM Chairman, Major General, Ibrahim Abdeljellil, at the 4th CTSAMVM Technical Committee meeting. 20181106 4th CTC Opening Remarks- final   Dear Committee members, Colleagues, Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Good morning and welcome back to Khartoum for the 4th CTSAMVM Technical Committee (CTC) meeting. I want to start by acknowledging the presence of the International Committee of the Red Cross in our meeting today. We appreciate your attendance to observe this meeting and the critical role you play in facilitating the release of political prisoners and Prisoners of War. Since the last meeting, the peace process has gained...

CTSAMVM Technical Committee members, the CTSAMVM Sector Coordinator and International Observers visited Yei Town and Panyume 0

Yei Town, 1 November, 2018, CTSAMVM Technical Committee members and International Observers visited Yei Town and Panyume to assess the implementation of the ceasefire in the area. The team was comprised of representatives from SSOA, SPLA/IO, SSPDF as well as the CTSAMVM Sector Coordinator and International Observers. The team met with local SSPDF and SPLA/iO Commanders in the area following reports of multiple ceasefire violations and heightened tension among the opposing forces. During a meeting with the local SPLA/iO Commander, the SSPDF Committee representative remarked that it is the first time a SSPDF member has entered into an Opposition...

IDPs in Malakal PoC benefit from CTSAMVM’s community engagement workshop 0

28 Internally displaced persons (IDPs) sheltered at the POC site in Malakal took part in the workshop aimed at increasing public awareness on the ongoing peace process. The participants were drawn from community representatives, members of security committee, women, youth and POC sector leaders. Presentations and deliberations were made on the various peace agreements, the mandate and role of CTSAMVM, sexual and gender based violence, among others. The participants thanked CTSAMVM for organising the workshop and requested for more such discussions. They also expressed commitment to convey the knowledge obtained from the workshop to the entire communities they represent....

CTSAMVM Convenes 3rd Technical Committee Meeting with the Warring Parties 0

Khartoum, 24 October, 2018, The CTSAMVM convened its Technical Committee (CTC) meeting. The CTC is comprised of members of the Warring Parties and the Former Detainees as well as the CTSAMVM leadership. The Committee discussed the status of implementation of the Permanent Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements as well as recent restrictions on CTSAMVMs freedom of movement and plans for CTC members to visit areas currently experiencing hostilities.   The CTC members thanked CTSAMVM for convening the meeting and providing a forum to the Parties to discuss issues arising in the implementation of the agreement. Participants were also briefed...

Opening Remarks at the 2nd CTSAMVM Technical Committee Meeting 0

CTSAMVM Chairman, Major General Ibrahim Abdeljellil at the second CTSAMVM Technical Committee Meeting “I am pleased to report that overall the ceasefire appears to be holding in many parts of the country, however we have serious concerns about certain areas.” Please click on the link below for the full statement 20181010 CTSAMVM Technical Committee 2...

Report of the first CTSAMVM Technical Committee (CTC) 0

The CTSAMM Technical Committee comprises of 6 representatives from all the warring parties and one representative from the former detainees as well as the leadership of CTSAMVM.   Please see below the first report from the CTSAMVM technical Committee (CTC) CTSAMVM Technical Committee      ...

CTSAMVM host Board Meeting in Khartoum, “We must work together to silence the guns in the country” 0

27, September, 2018, Khartoum, today the CTSAMVM hosted a Board Meeting in Khartoum. The meeting was the first of its kind since the signing of the Revitalised Peace Agreement and new board members, including the South Sudan Womens Coalitions and youth representatives were welcomed by the CTSAMVM Deputy Chairman, Major General, Tariq Abdelkarim. The new youth representative spoke about the importance of including youth in the peace process, he highlighted that fact that 72% of the population in South Sudan are under the age of 35 and therefore participation of the youth is crucial for the peace process. The...

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...

CTSAMM Brochure 0

Ceasefire and Transitional Security Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) When was CTSAMM established? The Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) is a monitoring and verification mechanism that transitioned from IGAD Monitoring and Verification Mission (IGAD MVM) in 2015 following the signing of the agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict of South Sudan (ARCSS) in August 2015. CTSAMM’s role of monitoring and verifying the warring Parties compliance to the ceasefire agreement and determining whether any Party has violated the agreement is important in helping to restore peace and stability in the Republic of South Sudan. What is CTSAMM’s role?...

CTSAMM Hosts 3rd Donors Conference in Juba 0

The CTSAMM Chairman, Major General Ibrahim Abdeljellil, hosted the third CTSAMM Donors Conference in Juba yesterday. The conference was intended to update donors on the recent activities of the mission and also to plan for future requirements. The CTSAMM is generously supported by China, UK, US, Norway, EU, Germany, Japan and Denmark. The Donors expressed their appreciation to CTSAMM for the work they do in monitoring the ceasefire and emphasised the important role CTSAMM has to play in the peace process. The Donor representatives assured CTSAMM of their continued support to the mission....

UNMISS SRSG meets with CTSAMM Chairman in Juba 0

June 8, Juba, the CTSAMM Chairman, Major General Ibrahim Abdeljelill and his Deputy, Major General Tariq Abdelkarim, met with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG), David Shearer and his Deputy Moustapha Soumarè. The meeting focused on the recent United Nations Secutiry Council Resolution 2418 which requested “the Secretary General, in coordination with CTSAMM, to report by 30th June on weather any fighting has taken place since the adoption of the resolution involving the Parties to the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement in South Sudan”. The meeting also addressed the continued cooperation...

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...

CTSAMM Chairman met a representative from the Danish Embassy in Juba 0

19 April, 2018, Juba, The CTSAMM Chairman, Major General Ibrahim Abdeljellil, met with Steen Skovgaard Larsen who is the Head of Office for the Danish Embassy in Juba. The meeting focused on the support the Danish Government is providing to CTSAMM. The CTSAMM Chairman thanked Mr. Skovgaard Larsen for the continued donations CTSAMM receives from the Danish Government. The CTSAMM is generously supported through financial and in-kind contributions from the US, UK, EU, China, Denmark, Japan, Norway and Germany....

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....

CTSAMM and JMEC breifed the visiting AU delegation 0

16 April, Juba, CTSAMM senior leadership and the JMEC secretariat briefed the visiting African Union delegation on recent activities in relation to their monitoring activities. CTSAMM gave a brief update on the verification of forces throughout the country and also gave a brief overview on five violation reports which have been recently submitted to JMEC and IGAD. The visiting delegation thanked CTSAMM for their presentation and also commended the work CTSAMM does in ensuring the security situation is accurately monitored....

Delegation from Sweden visit CTSAMM to discuss reporting on Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) and the inclusion of women in the peace process 0

10 April, 2018, A delegation from the Swedish foreign ministry visited CTSAMM offices to discuss reporting of SGBV and the role of women in the South Sudan peace process. The delegation was met by the CTSAMM Chief of Staff and the CTSAMM Gender Advisor. CTSAMM gave a briefing to the delegation on how cases of SGBV are handled and how the organisation hopes to expand reporting on these issue in the future. The delegation thanked CTSAMM for the updates and commended the work CTSAMM does in bringing the issue of SGBV to the fore of the peace process. Among...

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...

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...

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 highlights need to address conflict-linked SGBV and child recruitment 0

Forum organized by CTSAMM highlights need to address conflict-linked SGBV and child recruitment PRESS RELEASE 8 February 2018 A Gender Forum organized yesterday by CTSAMM highlights key provisions of the recently signed agreement related to addressing conflict–linked Sexual and Gender Based Violence and the recruitment and use of child soldiers in South Sudan. The half-day forum held at Crown Hotel in Juba under the theme “The Impact of the War on Civilians from a Gender Perspective” drew participants from UN Agencies, international organizations, diplomatic missions, civil society groups and the media. It was pointed out on the occasion that the Warring Parties have the obligation to comply with the implementation of the...

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...

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...

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....

CTSAMM conducts SGBV training for Juba and Ayod MVT 0

From 7-8th September 2017, CTSAMM conducted training for its Juba and Ayod Monitoring and Verification Teams on how to report on gender dimensions on the Permanent Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements violations. In line with article 1.7 of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan, the two day training focused on the inclusion of the impacts, experiences and priorities of women, men, girls and boys in building up reports, cases and documents that are gender responsive in the Monitoring, Verification and Reporting process.  ...