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 of ACOH and spoilers of the peace process to account.
The CTSAMM reiterates its mandate to freely monitor the implementation of the ACOH as outlined in the agreement. The CTSAMM continues to monitor these developments and will send Monitoring and Verification Teams (MVTs) to the areas affected as soon as is possible in order to ascertain whether any violation of the ACOH has taken place.
The CTSAMM stresses that any violation is unacceptable and will be referred to the IGAD Council of Ministers and JMEC. The CTSAMM calls on all parties to immediately cease all hostilities, and to investigate and ensure accountability of any breach of the ACOH. Where MVTs are required to conduct investigations, parties are reminded of their obligation to guarantee free movement and unhindered access.