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Peace overseer accuses parties for atrocities against civilians

By James Atem Kuir

The Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMVM) has denounced parties to the Revitalized Peace Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) for atrocities against civilians.

The cease fire monitoring body chairperson Gen. Teshome Gemechu Aderie made the remarks during the 24th meeting which brought together representatives of the parties to the peace agreement, civil society, and donors, Academia and Women bloc, held at Dembesh Hotel yesterday.

Gen. Teshome noted that fighting in several parts of Central Equatoria State and Upper Nile state as well as troops movements in Northern Bahr el Ghazal state has resulted into killing and rape of civilians and arrests of UN staff.

“This meeting will focus on mainly six reports. They are the SGBV (Sexual Gender-based Violence) since October 2018 to 2020, the updates on tension and fighting in Central Equatoria state. The arrests of UN staff, armed clashes in Lobonok, Troops movements in Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Upper Nile State,” he said.

“The general security situation in Moroto area is still fragile, this has resulted into some rape cases,” he added.

He further called on the peace parties to commit to the ceasefire and exercise respect for civilian lives.

“We call upon the parties involved to make necessary steps and adhere to the ceasefire and respect civilian lives,” he stressed.   

Last week, the cease fire monitoring body blamed the outbreaks of violence in recent months, between peace parties on shifting of allegiance by military officers and their affiliates.

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