CTSAMM News Articles

  • 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 …
  • 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...
  • CTSAMM Reporting on gender dimensions within the conflict

    CTSAMM Reporting on gender dimensions within the conflict

    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 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...