Release sufficient funds for cantonment
By: Manyuon Mayen Manyuon
The Ceasefire Transitional Security Arrangement and Verification Mechanism (CTSAMVM) has asked the NPTC, a body tasked with the implementation of the agreement to release sufficient funds for cantonment sites.
Maj. Gen. Desta Abiche Ageno, CTSAMVM Chief said yesterday that absence of logistical support was still a stumbling block towards the implementation of the key security tasks in the agreement.
On the same address, Maj. Gen. Ageno also urged the parties to stick and commit to the agreed timeline appropriately without failure.
He was during the opening session of the 17th CTSAMVM Technical Committee meeting in Juba Thursday.
“The lack of sufficient logistical support to cantonment sites especially food and medicine has not been addressed. CTSAMVM’s MVTs have observed that some cantonment sites have received no food and no supplies including Liang and Torpuot respectively,” the CTSAMVM chairman said.
“Cantonment is the foundation for the security arrangements and without sufficient resources, the cantonment will fail,” the chief added.
Maj. Gen Ageno stressed that though the implementation was ongoing, he admitted that several tasks remain uncompleted including screening of the forces.
He called on the parties to wholeheartedly show generous commitments for the implementation of the remaining tasks.
“Time is moving quickly. With 76 days remaining, CTSAMVM urges all the parties to show wholehearted commitment to the agreed timetable and for NPTC to release sufficient funds as well to ensure this process is fully resourced,” Maj. Gen. Ageno reiterated.
According to him, the registration of the sites has stalled with JMCC awaiting the printing of additional registration forms.
He figured out that the provision of the tents and medicine was still a challenge hampering the implementation.
“CTSAMVM awaits a compressive training program for the Necessary Unified forces from JTSC since the training of the trainees is now complete with more than 2,200 instructors in Mapel, Luri, Rambur and Malakal waiting to be moved to designated areas,” he said.
Maj. Gen. Ageno asked the NPTC to ensure next week’s CTSAMVM Board meeting and next month’s CTC to take place as scheduled, adding that “Without these funding, these critical meetings may not take place,” he said.
Maj. Gen. Ageno stated that they were committed to supporting the peace implementation with the neutrality, independence and impartial reporting.