Ceasefire body orients members on peace implementation

Ceasefire body orients members on peace implementation
CTSAMVM Chairperson Maj. Gen. Teshome Gemechu Adire (photo credit: courtesy)

The ceasefire monitoring mechanism has started reorienting its board members to effectively report on the implementation of the pending tasks as the transitional period draws to its end.

This was revealed in a two days’ Ceasefire Transitional Security Arrangement Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (CTSAMVM) board effectiveness training workshop that kicked off yesterday.

The workshop is aimed at ensuring all board members have a common understanding of how CTSAMVM conducts monitoring and verification and report the findings. It also focuses on orienting board members on their responsibilities under the RARCSS-related agreements. 

Further, the workshop is for developing a CTSAMVM board effectiveness improvement plan, which addresses the identified challenges in reporting on the outstanding peace provisions, especially Chapter Two of the security arrangement with impartiality.   

“It is quite clear that our board members are obliged to understand and synthesise a large amount of information within a very short period, and make coherent decisions,” said CTSAMVM Chairperson, Maj. Gen. Teshome Gemechu Aderie at the opening session of the workshop on Tuesday.

He added, “They need as well to have a full understanding of the way CTSAMVM operates, the constraints it works under and its relationship with other R-ARCSS institutions. The required level of leadership preparedness and the need to maximise the board’s ability to influence a large stakeholder community by improving coordination among the members, secretariat and R-JMEC, and calls for the consultative workshop.”

The CTSAMVM, tasked with the responsibility of monitoring and verifying breach of the cessation of hostility agreement, is composed of representatives of parties to the agreement, women, youth, civil society, Troika, UNMISS, AU, and EU, business representatives.  Diplomats

Parties have been left with less than 16 months to complete the remaining outstanding tasks critical to the overall peace process such as training and graduation of 83, 000 necessary unified forces.

The process which was supposed to be completed within eight months of the Pre-Transitional Period has been riddled with complex challenges, including financial resources and lack of compromises on the unified command and force contribution ratio. 

Due to delay, forces have continued shifting allegiance from one party to another resulting in some forms of violation of the cessation of hostility deal, that requires CTSAMVM members to investigate and report on without taking sides.

The body was yet to verify the alleged breach of the ceasefire between SPLA-IO forces following the Kit-Gwang split in August, which has so far resulted in clashes and the death of close 60 soldiers from both sides.