CTSAMM, senior army generals discuss challenges of ceasefire agreement
The ceasefire monitoring body on Tuesday met South Sudan senior military leaders including opposition military leaders who form part of the technical committee to discuss the implementation of the ceasefire agreement in the Sudanese capital Khartoum.
Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) strategic communications Officer Ruth Feeney told the press that the meeting is meant to discuss challenges and way forward in the implementation of the ceasefire agreement as part of the revitalized peace agreement signed in September.
“The meeting is intended to discuss the implementation of the ceasefire and what is going right and what is going wrong and how we are going to address those issues and how we are going to move those issues and to move implementation of the ceasefire forward,” she said.
According to her, CTSAMM has reported adherence to the ceasefire in some parts of the country but highlighted that areas like Yei, Wau, and Unity states are still experiencing tensions. She advised the parties to pay particular attention to these areas and formulate strategies to reduce tensions.
Feeney also outlined some challenges facing the implementation of the ceasefire agreement, “So the main challenge often is lack of communication amongst the warring parties. The agreement might be signed and put on paper but communicating that to commanders on the ground is a different thing.”
CTSAMM is mandated by the regional bloc IGAD to monitor and verify the implementation of the Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities as per the peace deal.