On 24 January the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) convened a workshop comprising all the warring parties to orient them on the work of CTSAMM and to engage the parties regarding their obligations to declare their forces to enable effective monitoring of the recently signed Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities (ACOH) signed in Addis Ababa in December, 2017.

In his opening remarks the CTSAMM Chairman, Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Abduljelill said “the peace process is at a pivotal point and in order to restore peace and stability in South Sudan, we must all enter into this process with a willing and cooperative disposition. I implore all of you present at this workshop to work with us to achieve our joint pursuit of peace.”

Ethiopia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chairperson of the IGAD Council of Ministers, Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu on the occasion conveyed a message through his representative in which he stressed that CTSAMM reports will not be just “reports as usual”. “These reports will be discussed by the IGAD Council of ministers with the aim of taking appropriate actions on violators,” he cautioned.

Also speaking during the opening session was the IGAD Special Envoy to South Sudan, Amb. Ismail Wais. Speaking on the recently signed ACOH the Special Envoy noted the ACOH “is intended to provide the necessary conditions for discussing substantive revitalization issues. These are issues pertaining to restoring full and inclusive implementation of the Peace agreement, discussing concrete measures for restoring the permanent ceasefire; and, developing realistic implementation timelines towards the conduct of democratic elections and the end of the transitional period.”

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