Ceasefire expresses worries over different forces in Yei.

By Kidega Livingstone

The cease fire monitoring body said the existence of different forces in Yei River state was worrisome.

Maj. Gen. Desta Ageno Chairman of Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangement Monitoring and Verification Mechanism [CTSAMVM) said the presence of various forces in Yei area shows the “potential for conflict and insecurity”.

He said this could lead to violence against civilians.

Major Gen. Ageno noted that ceasefire agreement continues to hold and security situation in some parts of the country have significantly improved except in Yei River state.

He made the remarked during 10th CTSAMVM technical committee meeting held in Juba yesterday

He revealed that a few days ago there were clashes between government forces and the NAS forces allied to Thomas Cirillo.

He emphasized that CTSAMVM have identified cantonments for all armies and verification process are underway but far from completion due to logistic challenges

“As reported on the 9th meeting, CTSMVM continues to receive reports on inter-communal violence and CTSAMVM must be careful to differentiate violence related to the conflict and that which involves cattle and traditional rivalries,” said Maj.Gen.Ageno.

He said despite violations of ceasefire in some parts of the country, CTSAMVM continues to be denied access for verification of forces and assessment of cantonment sites.

“CTSAMVM must be able to verify at cantonment sites so that it can submit accurate report to IGAD and RJMEC and the CTSAMVM Board of the progress of this critical and necessary task to the peace agreement,” he said.

He further said that CTSAMVM needs full comprehensive compliance of revitalized peace agreement by all the parties and their obligation to protect the civilians and hold perpetrators of violations accountable.

“We expect the parties to stay within the remits of CTSAMVM technical committee focus on the implementation of revitalized peace agreement establish the fact and most importantly find solution,” he added.



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