21 Oct 2018

 

JMEC: 2-Day Cantonment Workshop Concludes

The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) Deputy Chairman, Ambassador Lt Gen. Augostino Njoroge, closed a two-day workshop with the Joint Military Ceasefire Commission (JMCC) on the issue of the cantonment of security forces in South Sudan on Friday.

JMEC: 2-Day Cantonment Workshop Concludes
JMEC plenary meeting in Juba [File photo]

JUBA, 19 November 2016 [Gurtong]-“This workshop has shown us that we have much work to do in the future, however, with your combined efforts we can make cantonment a reality within the current peace process for the Republic of South Sudan” said Amb. Njoroge.

 He was addressing participants of the workshop including, Hon. Minister Sophia Pal Gai; JMCC Chairman, Lieutenant General James Ajongo (SPLA) and JMCC Deputy Chairman, Lieutenant General Gathoth Gatkuoth (SPLA/IO).

“It is now quite clear that the cantonment will require a tremendous amount of planning, coordination and cooperation within the parties, JMEC, CTSAMM, UNMISS, SSNPS and many other actors” said Amb. Njoroge. 

Amb. Njoroge said, “The only way forward for the cantonment and the final security arrangements in South Sudan, is through an inclusive ARCSS implementation process.

“Inclusivity means inviting all ‘parties’ to join the cantonment and DDR process peacefully, and ensuring genuine representation of the national character in all transformed institutions” Amb. Njoroge noted.

The workshop culminated with back briefs from three distinct working groups, made up of personnel from the parties, partners, UNMISSES, JMEC, CTSAMM and other experts. Their tasks were to look at and provide recommendations in the areas of:
 
1.      Options for Cantonment Assembly including short and long-term approaches, and the pros and cons of each, as well as site selection for initial and projected cantonment phases, to include cantonment criteria.

2.      Next steps. That is to say linkages, goals and objectives after cantonment for Force Integration and planned DDR activities and associated timelines (assuming policy guidance of the SDSR and TGoNU)

3.      Logistic and support requirements that include housing, field feeding, communications, transportation, health and welfare and security.
 
Meanwhile, JMEC Chairman H.E. Festus Mogae has confirmed that the next JMEC board meeting will take place on Tuesday 22ndNovember at the UAP Equatoria Tower in Juba.
 
JMEC will present its report to the Board members, including representatives of the Transitional Government of National Unity, South Sudanese Stakeholders, AU, IGAD member states, the UN, the Troika (US, UK, Norway), China and EU partners.
 
Mogae said, “We remain seriously concerned by the continuing violence and hostility around the country and the deepening humanitarian crisis. But we will also note and recognize those areas of progress that are being made towards the implementation of the Peace Agreement”.
 
“Respect for the ceasefire remains our singular priority and I shall be calling upon all Parties to the Agreement to extend and redouble their efforts and lead a campaign for peace that reaches out to the people.” JMEC Chairman said.
 

 

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