IGAD, R-JMEC asked to help stop Upper Nile clashes

The Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements and Monitoring and Verification Mechanisms (CTSAM-VM) has called on the Intergovernmental Authority on Development and the Revitalized Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission to appeal to all parties involved in the ongoing fighting to silence the guns.

The call comes after the ceasefire body said it had received reports on the ongoing fighting in Upper Nile state through a provisional report from the CTSAM-VM monitoring and verification team in Malakal based on engagement made with different stakeholders.

In his opening remarks at the 35th CTSAM-VM board meeting in Juba on Monday, Lt. Gen Asrat Denero Amad stated that the fighting had been reported in Upper Nile state involving Agwelek forces, armed youth known as white army, Kit-Gwang forces, SPLM/A-IO and the SSPDF.

The report also indicates the fighting in Maiwut County, Upper Nile State, involved SSPDF and SPLM/A-IO forces.

With this, Asrat Denero said they are mobilizing their own resources to send MVT Malakal on the ground in the next few days to come up with appropriate solutions and responsibility.

“Our briefing also includes two violation reports. The first one is about denial of access, information, and harassment to CTSAMVM personnel by SPLM/A-IO. The second one involves recruitment by SSPDF in Northern Bahr el Ghazal. The parties are urged to follow up on these violations reports ad take appropriate action,” he said.

“CTSAMVM is very much concerned about the risks that these incidents pose to the peace process. We, therefore, urge for an end to hostilities from all parties involved in the clashes.”

Lt.Gen Asrat Denero urged all CTSAMV board constitutes to focus on information and reports being presented so as to come up with concrete and realistic solutions to protect the ceasefire and the people of South Sudan.

The number of the displaced persons in the ongoing violence in Upper Nile State has risen to 40,000 people, according to the United Nations Children Agency, UNICEF.