Lack of funds could halt operations of Security Arrangement team – CTSAMVM

Peacekeepers from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) provide security in Bentiu, South Sudan,Peacekeepers from the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) provide security in Bentiu, South Sudan,

The Operations of the Ceasefire Transitional Security Arrangement Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (CTSAMVM) could run into a brick wall due to lack of logistical support.

This is after the United States halted its support for the joint monitoring and evaluation commission (RJMEC) and the CTSAMVM in mid-July.

According to Lt. Gen. Asrat Denero Amad, chair of CTSAMVM, the mechanism will do everything in its power to carry out its mandate. He stated that the US government’s decision to stop supporting the mechanism came at a time when it was desperately needed.

The chairman was addressing the senior representatives of the parties to the agreement who are also members of the ceasefire transitional committee (CTC) on Friday in Juba to brief them about the reports of ceasefire violations and insecurity caused by inter-communal conflicts.

He said that CTSAMVM would continue to carry out its monitoring and verification mandate while reporting to RMEC and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

“I also want to take this opportunity to formally inform members of this CTC meeting that the government of the United States of America, which is the number one donor in kind, has demobilised and withdrew its logistical and personnel support to CTSAM effective July 3rd, 2022.”

‘‘The withdrawal of the US government happened at a very critical stage when the mechanism wanted it so much. In particular, the lack of aviation support will greatly hamper transportation of the CTSAMVM and will result in its delayed investigation and reporting.

‘‘However, I want to assure this meeting that CTSAMVM will continue to do all that is possible and within the available means to fulfill the mandate,’’ Lt. Gen. Asrat said.

In a press release dated July 15, 2022, the United States announced its decision to stop funding the peace monitoring institutions, citing the South Sudanese government’s failure to uphold its promises to bring about peace as they consider their next moves.

The United States announced that from this point forward, it would only provide aid to save the lives of the suffering South Sudanese. This aid would include $1 billion in humanitarian and development aid; support for the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), and additional funding that will be coordinated with partners through the World Bank and other international financial institutions.

“Due to the lack of sustained progress on the part of South Sudan’s leaders, and following consultation with Congress, the United States is ending support for the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission and the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring and Verification Mechanism.”

The US added, “South Sudan’s leaders have not fully availed themselves of the support these monitoring mechanisms provide and have demonstrated a lack of political will necessary to implement critical reforms.”

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