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Violent confrontations in Upper Nile upsets ceasefire agreement – CTSAMVM

The armed clashes in Unity and Upper Nile states between signatories to the peace agreement are undermining the permanent ceasefire, said Lt. Gen Asrat Denero Amad, the chairperson for Ceasefire Transitional Security Arrangement Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (CTSAMVM), said at Dembesh Hotel during the Technical Committee Meeting.

“Armed clashes between Parties Signatories in Unity and Upper Nile State have significantly undermined the permanent ceasefire. There is tension in Unity State since Mirmir Cantonment Site was overrun on 11 February by Kit-Gwang elements & armed youth reportedly instigated by the Koch County Commissioner,” said Amad.

“The situation in the counties of, Maban, Maiwut, and Longechuk in Upper Nile State also remains tense following the fighting in these areas since February 2022. CTSAMVM has received reports of at least 8 alleged incidents, including the ambush and destruction of two MSF vehicles near Yei on 28 February 2022,” he said.

Amad said that incidents and clashes allegedly involving NAS forces in Central and Western Equatoria States still continue to be reported, noting that the situation in Tambura appeared stable despite mounting tensions

Maj. Gen. Martin Abucha, the representative of the Sudan People Liberation Army in Opposition who also doubles as the national Minister of Mining said resources need to be availed to investigate issues of human rights violation in the country.

“There are many incidences that are happening, we have to make sure that the resources we have should be utilized to investigate these issues rather than being utilized for other non-significant issues,” said Abucha.

“Some issues where lives are lost are too critical to be ignored, I want to call upon CTSAMVM to ensure that investigations especially on human rights violations are carried out timely, you cannot continue to violate human rights and say that you are working for peace,” he said

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