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Monitoring body begins probe on attacks

By Nema Juma

Peace monitoring body, Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangement Monitoring and Verification Mechanism is investigating recent incidents of violence in parts of the country.

Yesterday, the body reported that it is investigating the recent attacks including an ambush on the Juba-Nimule road, the Yei-Kaya Road and the incident at Lobonok in July.

CTSAMVM however noted that there were no reported clashes between forces of the parties to the Revitalized Peace Agreement.

Last month, the Joint Defense Board (JDB) ordered the opposition forces and the South Sudan Peoples Defense Forces (SSPDF) to all move to cantonment areas by July 31st.

“We welcomed the order by the Joint Defense Board for forces to assemble in Cantonment Sites by 31st July,” Maj. Gen. Desta Abiche Ageno, chairman of CTSAMVM said at the 13th Technical Committee meeting in Juba.

However, the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangement Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (CTSAMVM) yesterday said there was “positive but slow progress” in cantonment.

Maj. Gen. Abiche said the ceasefire monitoring body said it acknowledged “huge logistical challenges faced by the National Pre-Transitional Committee [NPTC] in facilitating the cantonment processes.

In the 33 cantonment sites verified by CTSAMVM, food has only been delivered to three sites and Adok port, Maj. Gen. Abiche said.

Maj. Gen. Abiche said that some of the cantonment areas do not have water, saying some of them need to be reassessed.

“CTSAMVM notes that the full process of cantonment requires wholehearted commitment of resources by the NPTC,” Maj.Gen. Abiche said.

He stated that the CTSAMVM has so far assessed 33 of the 35 cantonment sites specified by the JDB.

However the representative of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition (SPLA-IO) Martine Gama Abucha said all the forces will be in their respective cantonment areas in the coming two weeks.

He said the forces are facing a lot of challenges including floods.

“The ceasefire is holding, there is need for us to go and see or observe what is happening so that we can report accurately on what is happening,” he added.

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