JMEC: “Inclusive cantonment key to peace process in the South Sudan”

Posted: December 13, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël in Junub Sudan, Press Release

PRESS RELEASE: For Immediate Publication

13 December 2016, Juba, South Sudan

JMEC DEPUTY CHAIRMAN: “Inclusive cantonment key to peace process in the South Sudan”

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JMEC CHAIRMAN: “THE ONLY OFFENSIVE SOUTH SUDAN NEEDS RIGHT NOW IS A PEACE OFFENSIVE.”

December 13, 2016 (SSB) — The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) has reiterated the need for an all-inclusive cantonment geared towards the quick and sustained resolution of the conflicts in South Sudan.

JMEC Deputy Chairman Amb Lt. Gen. Augostino Njoroge said “Inclusivity means that all parties to join the cantonment and the disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) process peacefully and ensuring genuine representation of the national character in all transformed institutions”

He was speaking during the second Joint Military Ceasefire Commission (JMCC) cantonment workshop held in Juba yesterday.

“Cantonment of forces in not an easy task. We have many challenges ahead to ensure that cantonment is a success and moves the peace process forward in the coming months. The cantonment will require the combined efforts of the Transitional Government of National Unity, regional and international partners,” he said.

The event was attended by the Minister of Defense Hon. Kuol Manyang, Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Hon. Martin Lomoro, JMCC Chair Lt General James Ajongo, and foreign diplomats.

The workshop is aimed at expanding earlier JMCC discussions, with the goal of finalizing plans and activities to start cantonment operations in South Sudan.

Hon Manyang said “Efforts are being made to reconcile the people of South Sudan. We have the political goodwill. We are doing everything we can to do well in the peace process,”

Hon. Lomoro said “The work of the JMCC is the nucleus of the peace agreement in the South Sudan. The situation of peace building is difficult and we must make difficult decisions. We want peace for everybody. I want to encourage general to make cantonment process a success,”

JMCC is created by Chapter II, Article 3.3 of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS), and is responsible for oversight and coordination of the cantonment process, as well as the return to barracks by the SPLA-IG.

ABOUT JMEC: The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) was established by terms decreed under Chapter Seven of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS), signed on 17th August 2015 in Addis Ababa. Under the terms of the Agreement, JMEC shall be responsible for monitoring, overseeing and supporting the implementation of the Agreement and the mandate and tasks of the TGoNU (Transitional Government of National Unity), including adherence of the Parties to agreed timelines and schedules; and in the event of non-compliance, shall recommend appropriate corrective action to the TGoNU. JMEC is responsible for overseeing the work of CTSAMM (Ceasefire and Transitional Security Monitoring Mechanism), EFMA (Economic and Financial Management Authority), and other transitional institutions created by the Agreement.

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