CTSAMM News Articles

  • CTSAMM Honors Its Monitors with Medals, Certificates

    CTSAMM Honors Its Monitors with Medals, Certificates

    After handing medals to the monitors, the guest of honor, Michael Morrow, Deputy Head of Mission at the US Embassy in South Sudan described the monitors as professionals, very brave, dedicated with the eyes and ears of the entire world on what is happening in South Sudan. “If it were not for the fine job that you do in dangerous conditions, the world would not know what is happening and that the world would not be working as hard as we are working now to try and help the peace process go forward,” he noted. CTSAMM Chairman, Maj. General...
  • Update on the recent activities of CTSAMM

    Update on the recent activities of CTSAMM

    Please click on the link below to hear the latest radio interview with CTSAMM. The interview focuses on recent activities and the role CTSAMM has to play in the peace process....
  • CTSAMM Hosts 3rd Donors Conference in Juba

    CTSAMM Hosts 3rd Donors Conference in Juba

    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

    UNMISS SRSG meets with CTSAMM Chairman in Juba

    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 welcomes the signing of the Addendum to the Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities, access the full document here

    CTSAMM welcomes the signing of the Addendum to the Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities, access the full document here

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  • CTSAMM to host workshop for the Warring Parties and Board Meeting in Addis Ababa in May and June, 2018.

    CTSAMM to host workshop for the Warring Parties and Board Meeting in Addis Ababa in May and June, 2018.

    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)

    CTSAMM conducts workshop in Bor on how to report Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV)

    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 explains the recently signed Ceasefire Agreement to 150 secondary school teachers.

    CTSAMM explains the recently signed Ceasefire Agreement to 150 secondary school teachers.

    CTSAMM participated in a workshop themed “Enhancing Teachers’ Understanding and Role in Dissemination, Implementation and Monitoring of the Peace Agreement Process”, organised by the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) and the national NGO, Crown the Women with support from Norwegian Peoples Aid.  CTSAMM gave a presentation on the recently signed Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities (ACOH). The presentation focused on the major provisions of the ACOH and the CTSAMM mandate to monitor the agreement. The participants thanked the CTSAMM for their presentation and also expressed their frustration that hostilities are continuing despite the many agreements that have...
  • CTSAMM Chairman met a representative from the Danish Embassy in Juba

    CTSAMM Chairman met a representative from the Danish Embassy in Juba

    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....
  • CTSAMM and JMEC breifed the visiting AU delegation

    CTSAMM and JMEC breifed the visiting AU delegation

    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

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

    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 reminds all Parties of their obligations under the Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities (ACOH) to freeze their forces and seek authorisation from CTSAMM before any military movement.

    CTSAMM reminds all Parties of their obligations under the Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities (ACOH) to freeze their forces and seek authorisation from CTSAMM before any military movement.

    The Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) reminds all Parties of their obligations under the Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities (ACOH) to freeze their forces and seek authorisation from CTSAMM before any military movement.   Juba, 12 April, 2018, Since the signing of the ACOH in December2017, CTSAMM has recorded multiple incidents of unauthorized military movements. Any unauthorized military movement is not only against the spirit and word of the ACOH, but it is also a provocative action which may lead to further violence.   According to the ACOH Parties are obliged to freeze their forces...
  • CTSAMM holds workshop for Monitoring and Verification Team Leaders in Juba

    CTSAMM holds workshop for Monitoring and Verification Team Leaders in Juba

    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.

    CTSAMM hosts Donor Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

      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.

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

    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

    CTSAMM Chairman visits Bentiu

    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

    His Excellency He Xiangdong, Ambassador from the Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China in South Sudan presents medals to CTSAMM monitors

    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).

    The European Union supports CTSAMM to conduct training for Civil Society on reporting of cases of Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV).

    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

    The CTSAMM Monitoring and Verification Team (MVT) in Aweil engages in dissemination of the Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities (ACOH) with local stakeholders

    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

    Japan Contributes to CTSAMM

    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

    CTSAMM Chairman Visits Monitoring and Verification Teams around the country

    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

    CTSAMM Completes Workshop on the Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities (ACOH) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

    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.

    CTSAMM Convenes the Warring Parties for a 3 day Workshop on the Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

    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 welcomes signing of Agreement on Cessation of Hostilities- Access the full document here

    CTSAMM welcomes signing of Agreement on Cessation of Hostilities- Access the full document here

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  • MVT Yambio participates in GBV workshop

    MVT Yambio participates in GBV workshop

    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

    CTSAMM Holds Donors’ Conference

    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

    CTSAMM welcomes new Chairman

    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

    CTSAMM trains MVTs on gender dimensions reporting

    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

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

    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

    CTSAMM Condemns Recent Hostilities and Acts of Violence

    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

    CTSAMM trains MVT Yei on Gender Sensitivity

    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

    CTSAMM inducts new International Observers and Liaison Officers

    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

    CTSAMM briefs the 21st JMEC Plenary session in Juba

    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

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

    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

    CTSAMM meets Troika representatives

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

    CTSAMM Members Meeting

    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

    CTSAMM Team Leader’s Workshop

    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

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

    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 …
  • GIZ officials visit CTSAMM HQ

    GIZ officials visit CTSAMM HQ

    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 reports to JMEC Plenary, October, 2017

    CTSAMM reports to JMEC Plenary, October, 2017

    On 18th October 2017, Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism Chairman M.G Molla Hailemariam joined by other CTSAMM officials attended the 20th JMEC Plenary in Juba. M.G Molla remarked that CTSAMM has discussed four draft reports which related to ceasefire violations by the warring parties in various parts of South Sudan at the 13th members meeting on 23rd August 2017. Discussions were held amongst all CTSAMM stakeholders including Senior Representatives of the Parties. After the stipulated ten days of comments were observed, the reports were then submitted to JMEC in accordance with CTSAMM procedures. The Chairman also noted...
  • CTSAMM holds medal ceremony for outgoing ceasefire monitors

    CTSAMM holds medal ceremony for outgoing ceasefire monitors

    CTSAMM MEDAL CEREMONY FOR OUTGOING CEASEFIRE MONITORS On 6th October 2017, The UK Ambassador to South Sudan, Alison Balckburne, was the Guest of Honor at the CTSAMM medal ceremony to acknowledge the efforts of outgoing ceasefire monitors. The outgoing monitors have served a total of one year with the CTSAMM and have been part of the monitoring and verification teams that monitor the ceasefire in 16 different locations across South Sudan. The CTSAMM Deputy Chairman, Major General Tariq Abdelkarim, opened the event by welcoming the UK Ambassador and thanking the UK for their continued support to the CTSAMM. The...
  • Reporting on gender dimensions

    Reporting on gender dimensions

    On 21st September 2017, CTSAMM conducted training for its staff on the integration of gender dimensions within South Sudan in the Monitoring, Verification and Reporting (MVR) process. As stipulated in Chapter II article 1.7 of the ARCSS, CTSAMM is mandated to monitor, verify and report on the compliance of the Permanent Ceasefire agreement with focus on gender, including violations against women and children. CTSAMM staff appreciated the training and remarked on the relevance of gender mainstreaming in the MVR process. The importance of such trainings on disaggregating and tallying gender-based concrete data is believed to eventually help the peace...
  • CTSAMM conducts SGBV training for Juba and Ayod MVTs

    CTSAMM conducts SGBV training for Juba and Ayod MVTs

    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.  ...
  • CTSAMM Donor Meeting

    CTSAMM Donor Meeting

    The Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism held its donor meeting on 30th August 2017 in Juba. In attendance were representatives from US, EU, Germany, UK and Japan. CTSAMM briefed these donors on the organization’s operational budget and activities as stipulated by their mandate, Chapter II of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS). On behalf of the organization, the Chairman, MG. Molla Hailemariam reiterated thanks to the donors for their continued support to CTSAMM’s mandate in South Sudan.  In turn, the representatives appreciated the role played by CTSAMM in the implementation of...
  • CTSAMM visits the Governor of Imatong State

    CTSAMM visits the Governor of Imatong State

    On 29th August 2017, the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism Chairman MG. Molla Hailemariam and CTSAMM officials met with the Governor of Imatong State H.E Tobiolo Alberio Oromo. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the current security situation in the state, the improvement in relations between CTSAMM, the state government, NSS and local SPLA commanders, as well as the recent developments with CTSAMM activities in the mandated area of operation. H.E Tobiolo Alberio Oromo appreciated the support of CTSAMM and JMEC to the Peace Agreement, and made note of the challenges faced with the implementation...
  • Visit to MVT site in Torit

    Visit to MVT site in Torit

    Representatives from donors EU and US joined by officials from the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism paid a visit to CTSAMM’s Monitoring and Verification Team (MVT) site in UNMISS Torit, Imatong State on 29th August 2017. The representatives and CTSAMM officials were received by UNMISS Head of Field Office (HoFo) Ms. Mary Cummins with whom they discussed conflict dynamics and the bilateral relationship between CTSAMM and UNMISS. The guests also met with the Torit MVT and were briefed by the Team Leader Elijah Gatere (Lt. Col.) on their activities and the challenges they face within the mandated...
  • CTSAMM attends JMEC Plenary Meeting

    CTSAMM attends JMEC Plenary Meeting

    On 24th August 2017, Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism Chairman MG. Molla Hailemariam joined by other CTSAMM officials attended the 19th JMEC Plenary in Juba.   The Chairman remarked that CTSAMM has been playing a role in the mapping exercises involving Other Armed Groups and political parties to be engaged ahead of the IGAD High Level revitalization Forum and has conducted multiple meetings with different relevant stakeholders to support JMEC’s efforts. He also stated that the CTSAMM Board is reviewing reports on alleged violations discussed during the 13th CTSAMM members meeting and will submit this once complete,...
  • 13th CTSAMM Members meeting

    13th CTSAMM Members meeting

    Opening Statement by Maj. Gen. Molla Hailemariam Chairman of CTSAMM at the 13th CTSAMM Meeting at Royal Palace Hotel, Juba, August 2017 Download here...
  • CTSAMM attends official launch of the Joint Operations Centre

    CTSAMM attends official launch of the Joint Operations Centre

    On 17th August 2017, the Ceasefire & Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism chairman, MG. Molla Hailemariam joined by other CTSAMM officials attended the opening ceremony of the Joint Operations Centre (JOC) at Nyakuron Police Facility in Juba. The JOC was established as a mechanism to avoid conflict and ensure coordination of security forces operating within Juba as per Chapter II, article 5.5 of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan, ARCSS. At full capacity, the JOC will operate 24 hours a day and constitute of representatives from the South Sudan National Police Service, the Sudan...
  • UK Special Representative visits CTSAMM MVT in Bentiu

    UK Special Representative visits CTSAMM MVT in Bentiu

    On 17th August the UK Special Representative to Sudan and South Sudan, Chris Trott, visited the CTSAMM Monitoring and Verifications Team in Bentiu. The team in Bentiu met the Special Representative on arrival at the airport and then travelled to the UNMISS Bentiu base where they briefed him on their activities. The briefing covered a wide range of topics including conflict dynamics in the area and the challenges the team faces in executing their mandate. The Special Representative thanked the team for facilitating his visit and impressed upon them the important role they play in the peace process; he...
  • UK Special Representative visits CTSAMM HQ

    UK Special Representative visits CTSAMM HQ

    On 17th August, 0217, The UK Special Representative met with the CTSAMM Chairman and other senior CTSAMM staff. The meeting discussed the important role CTSAMM has in the peace process and the challenges experienced in fulfilling the mandate of CTSAMM.  The Special Representative assured the CTSAMM of continuous support in their mission....
  • CTSAMM MVT denied freedom of movement to the Lasu area, in Yei

    CTSAMM MVT denied freedom of movement to the Lasu area, in Yei

      As part of the CTSAMMs ongoing mission to monitor the permanent ceasefire and transitional security arrangements, the CTSAMM is currently undertaking a two week mission to the Yei area. The team is conducting a joint patrol with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan. Both the CTSAMM HQ and the Yei monitoring team followed all necessary procedures to gain access to the area including working with the civil and military leadership bodies on the ground. Despite being granted access assurances at both the central and local government levels, on 15th of August, 2017, the monitoring team was denied...
  • CTSAMM conducts training on Gender Sensitivity

    CTSAMM conducts training on Gender Sensitivity

    On 14th August the Juba Monitoring and Verification Team concluded a two day training on Gender Sensitivity. The training was organized to enable the MTVs to monitor, verify and report on the compliance of the Permaenet Ceasefire agreement with major focus on gender, including reporting on violations against women and children as per article 1.7 of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan. All monitors greatly appreciated the training and commented that it would enable them to better report on the impact of the conflict and also enable them devise better recommendations to the warring...
  • CTSAMM attends JMCC meeting

    CTSAMM attends JMCC meeting

    On 9th of August CTSAMM attended the regular meeting of the Joint Military Ceasefire Commission (JMCC). The JMCC is the institution tasked with implementing the Permanent Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements (PCTSA) and is made up of representatives from the warring parties. The CTSAMM works closely with the JMCC to ensure effective monitoring of the implementation of the PCTSA....
  • CTSAMM MVT visit Mankien, Mayendit….

    CTSAMM MVT visit Mankien, Mayendit….

      In the first week of August CTSAMM Monitoring and Verification Teams visited numerous areas. The team in Bentiu visited Mankien and Mayendit. The team in Malakal visited Tonga and the Yei team are currently undertaking a two week mission to the area in order to assess the security situation and compliance to the Permanent Ceasefire. The teams all met with various stakeholders including local civilians and are now preparing detailed reports with recommendations on future actions for the CTSAMM Chairman....
  • Ambassador of Somalia visits CTSAMM HQs

    Ambassador of Somalia visits CTSAMM HQs

    On 2 August, 2017, the Ambassador of Somalia, His Excellency Hussein Hagi Ahmed Mohamud, visited the CTSAMM HQ. The CTSAMM Chairman and the Ambassador discussed the on-going Somali contributions to CTSAMM. The Ambassador assured CTSAMM of continuous support and highlighted the importance of CTSAMM in the peace process given the on-going ceasefire violations....
  • CTSAMM MVT assess PCTSA in Wonduruba Payam

    CTSAMM MVT assess PCTSA in Wonduruba Payam

    From 24 – 26 July, 2017, a CTSAMM Monitoring and Verification Team travelled to Wonduruba Payam in Central Equatoria to assess the security situation and compliance to the Permanent Ceasefire. The team met with various different local stakeholders including the SPLA, the local authorities and civilians in the area. The team is now in the process of compiling a full report for the CTSAMM Chairman who will finalize it the before presenting it to the CTSAMM Board on the 23rd of August....
  • IGAD Council of Ministers 58th Extra-Ordinary Session

    IGAD Council of Ministers 58th Extra-Ordinary Session

    The IGAD Council of Ministers held its 58th Extra-Ordinary Session on 23rd and 24th July 2017 under the chairmanship of H.E. Workneh Gebeyehu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and Chairperson of the IGAD Council. The session was attended by H.E. Mahamoud Ali Youssouf, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Djibouti; H.E. Amina Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kenya; H.E. Yusuf Garaad Omar, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Somalia; H.E. Deng Alor Kuol, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Sudan;...
  • IGAD Special Envoy visits CTSAMM HQ

    IGAD Special Envoy visits CTSAMM HQ

    On the 15th July 2017 the newly appointed IGAD Special Envoy to South Sudan, Ambassador Ismail Wais, visited the CTSAMM HQ. The purpose of the meeting was to receive a briefing on the work of CTSAMM and an update on the most recent activities of the organization. The visit also provided a chance for the CTSAMM to strengthen its relationship and cooperation with IGAD. The Special Envoy thanked the CTSAMM Chairman for the briefing and assured CTSAMM of his support....
  • UNMISS Force Commander Visits CTSAMM HQs

    UNMISS Force Commander Visits CTSAMM HQs

    The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Force Commander Lieutenant General Frank Mushyo Kamanzi paid a visit to the CTSAMM Chairman, Major General Molla Hailemariam at the organization’s headquarters on 30th June 2017. Maj. Gen. Molla welcomed and briefed Lt. Gen. Kamanzi on CTSAMM’s mandate, structure, composition of its members, achievements and the challenges the organization faces in South Sudan. Maj. Gen. Molla reiterated his thanks to UNMISS for their valuable support in providing MVT logistics and force protection, which are critical to carrying out CTSAMM’s mission in South Sudan. Lt. Gen. Kamanzi made note of the close...
  • CTSAMM Chairman visits SRSG of UNMISS

    CTSAMM Chairman visits SRSG of UNMISS

    The CTSAMM Chairman Major General  Molla Hailemariam, met with the United Nation’s Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan (SRSG), Mr. David Shearer at UNMISS – UN House on 28th June 2017. During the meeting, Maj. Gen. Molla and Mr. David Shearer discussed enhancement of the bilateral relationship between CTSAMM and UNMISS in pursuit of the CTSAMM mandate to monitor the implementation of the Permanent Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements.   Maj. Gen. Molla extended CTSAMM’s appreciation to UNMISS for their continued support and assured Mr. David Shearer on the organization’s full cooperation to mission coordination as a...
  • Chairman’s Trip To Malakal, Wau and Aweil

    Chairman’s Trip To Malakal, Wau and Aweil

    On the 8 – 9th of May 2017, the CTSAMM Chairperson, Major General Molla Hailemariam visited the Monitoring and Verification Teams (MVTs) in Malakal, Wau and Aweil to present medals to outgoing monitors who will soon be exiting the mission having concluded their one year rotation. The CTSAMM Chairperson met with the team members before the medal ceremony to thank them for the service and to gather firsthand information regarding their experiences in the mission and the challenges they face in fulfilling the CTSAMM mandate. The CTSAMM Chairperson was also greeted by the UNMISS Head of Field Office in...
  • The 11th CTSAMM Board Meeting (5th May)

    The 11th CTSAMM Board Meeting (5th May)

    On Friday 5th of May, 2017 the CTSAMM held its 11th Board Meeting in the Royal Palace Hotel in Juba. The meeting was attended by many board members including representatives from the warring Parties, the Former Detainees (FDs), 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 Forum. Discussions focused on the deteriorating security situation, the most recent violations of the PCTSA which occurred in Wau, Pajok and the Malakal area and also the challenges...