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 held area and that this was a visit taken in an effort to build trust and confidence among the Parties.
The CTSAMVM Sector Coordinator reported that the all the Parties 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 ceasefire agreement.
The meeting is the first of its kind and shows a willingness among the Parties to work together on implementing the Peace Agreement.