CTSAMVM concerned by upsurge of violence across South Sudan

The ceasefire monitoring body, CTSAMVM says the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement is being strained by recent tensions and conflicts across the country.

Lt. Gen. Asrat Denero Amad, the chairperson of the peace mechanism expressed concerns over recent violence in Mayom County that claimed the lives of the commissioner and several others.

He said the body is also worried about reports of communal attacks across the country.

“CTSAMVM is concerned about the re-occurring security and humanitarian challenges in Eastern Equatoria State caused by clashes between migrant armed cattle keepers and local natives, which has left many civilians displaced, many lives and properties lost.”

Lt. Gen. Denero stated the violations of the ceasefire are as a result of lack of command and control among the armed groups.

“Violations against civilians and armed clashed between the parties continue due to lack of strict control by the Parties on their military personnel and armed groups under their control and influence,” he said

Lt. Gen Rabi Mujung Emmanuel, a senior representative of the ITGoNU told the meeting that the Mayom incident is an isolated issue that does not qualify as a violation of the peace agreement.

“They are not part of SSOMA and as such, the RTGoNU or the SSPDF has an absolute right to self-defend and unfortunately, the clashes between the SSPDF and the forces belonging to General Buay, the military and even the civilians will be victims of this,” Rabi stated.

For his part, Brig. Gen. Samuel Chan of the South Sudan Opposition Alliance condemned the Mayom incident and called on the warring parties to cease fighting and seek dialogue.

“I would like to take this opportunity to condemn the incident that had happen in Mayom on 22nd of July and I would like to use this forum to call on the parties involved to cease hostilities and seek political resolution,” Chan said

The Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangement, Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (CTSAMVM) also raised concerns over security situation in Warrap State where SSPDF clashed with armed civilians in June, 2022.