See below the Opening Remarks from the CTSAMVM Chairman, Major General, Ibrahim Abdeljellil, at the 4th CTSAMVM Technical Committee meeting.
Dear Committee members, Colleagues, Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,
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 further momentum. Leaders from all parties joined hands in celebrating the R-ARCSS on October 31st, 2018, in Juba. The warm and reconciliatory speeches to the public demonstrated the Parties serious commitment to the peace process. The release of high profile Opposition figures from detention is also a commendable gesture which will go far in building trust amongst the Parties. As previously reported the Ceasefire continues to hold in the majority of the country however there are still some areas experiencing hostilities. On November 1st 2018, a Joint Team composed of party representatives and CTSAMVM staff made a successful visit to Yei Town and Panyume. Representatives of the parties collectively communicated to local commanders the clear commitment of party leadership to the Permanent Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements. All the forces in the area agreed to establish lines of communication with Opposing Commanders and gave commitments to ensure their forces remain in their positions and do not carry out any hostile action that is prohibited by the
Unfortunately, despite the decisions of the last CTC meeting, CTSAMVM is receiving an increasing number of allegations from the parties, including reports of fighting, recruitment, displacement, and sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV). There is ongoing fighting in the Wau area and continued reports of conflict in the Yei area. CTSAMVM teams were repeatedly denied access on verification activities by the SSPDF senior commanders and once by the SPLA-IO. We urge parties to clearly and forcefully communicate orders to field commanders at all levels and make your commitments here at the CTC credible and deliverable.
All parties have completed nominations to the CTC bodies however it is disappointing that we were forced to postpone our training program for national monitors as the contact information provided by the parties was not sufficient.
Lastly, I want to emphasize that we are here to solve problems. We need to find solutions and we need to take action. Let us work together to ensure peace and stability is restored across South Sudan.