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Peace monitors demand formation of VIP protection Unit

BY Elia Joseph Loful               

The cease monitors of the transitional security arrangements, CTASMVM have called for quick formation of VIP protection Unit before November 12th.

Desta Abiche Ageno, Chairperson of CTSAMVM said despite progress on cantonments, they had not received any information regarding training of the VIP protection forces.

He said they have no information on the planned date for the assembling and training of the VIP Protection Force.

“The CTSAMVM urges the VIP Protection Force to be formed as a matter of urgency and the training of the Necessary Unified Forces to begin as soon as possible,” Abiche said.

He was speaking at the members’ board meeting in Juba on Thursday.

However, Abiche added that they have noticed several challenges which he said may negatively affect the implementation of the cantonment of the forces.

“We have observed that severe logistical constraints continue to negatively impact the implementation of cantonment and many commanders report to our monitoring verification teams that they lack food, shelter, water and medicines,” he said.

He stressed that the security mechanisms should prioritize the allocated resources released by the government in order to address the challenges at the cantonment sites.

He said as the cantonment arrangement for registering forces at various cantonment areas was very encouraging however, it was moving at a slow pace.

According to the last IGAD council of ministers meeting, at least 50 percent of the 83,000 necessary unified forces should be cantoned, barracked, trained and deployed by 30th September. But the deadline has passed without a limited progress.

“Again, I can report that the ceasefire continues to hold with no reported incidents of the clashes between the parties to the Revitalized agreement,” Abiche explained.

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