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Peace Monitor condemns recurring clashes in Tombura

By Lodu William Odiya

The Ceasefire Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (CTSAMVM) has condemned the continued armed clashes in Tombura.

CTSAMVM  identified not verified clashes in general among the parties signatories, however the level of violation in Tombura areas remained constant.

“CTSAMVM has been closely monitoring the situation by maintaining contacts with relevant signatories and civilian authorities in Tombura-Western Equatoria”, Said Maj.Gen Teshome Gemechu Aderie, the chairperson for Ceasefire Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring and Verification Mechanism.

CTSAMVM condemned the Joint Defense Board (JDB) for deploying the selected committee to Tombura and for inclusive rally it held on 18th October to address the warring factions.

“We call up on IGAD and RJMEC to urge the parties to ensure their military forces do not get involve in committing violence and that all stakeholders implement majors to defuse the tension and facilitate the relocation of the warring forces away from Tombura”, said Aderie.

He said that there was an armed clashes in a cantonment site in Jonglei state between factions loyal to Dr. Machar and the Kitgwang faction, adding that CTSAMVM has received a report of armed clash between the SPLM-IO also in Magenis which greatly harmed the security situation in the area.

He said that the issue of changes of allegiance has led to difficulties that critically affected the very vital peace process.

From the last board meeting CTSAMVM highlighted that changes of allegiance from SPLM-IO to the SSPDF in Upper Nile state which reportedly resulted into clashes between factions.

However the peace monitoring body called upon the RJMEC and the IGAD to react on the incidents in order to avoid the negative impact on the peace process.

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