A lead ceasefire monitor, working with the Ceasefire and Transitional Security arrangements Monitoring Mechanism – CTSAMM, has been arrested and detained in Torit.
According to a press statement issued by CTSAMM on Wednesday, the Monitoring and Verification team leader arrest was arrested at approximately 08.45am, shortly after he arrived in Torit.
Earlier, CTSAMM communications officer Ruth Fenny, told Miraya Breakfast show that MVT Teams in Yambio have not been able to conduct investigations due to restrictions in freedom of movement.
“There appears to be a lack of knowledge of who we are, and what we are there to do, that is something we are trying to counteract, but definitely freedom of movement remains the biggest challenge for the ceasefire monitors at this time,” said Fenny.
CTSAMM says the incident on Wednesday is one in a series of such restrictions on freedom of movement which the CTSAMM has experienced.
CTSAMM is calling on the Transitional Government of National Unity to ensure the immediate release of the MVT Team Leader, to enable the CTSAMM focus on discharging its mandate and persevere in our pursuit of peace.
“The CTSAMM is operating according to processes and accords which have been agreed to by the Parties and regional and international partners and organizations. The CTSAMM would like to reiterate that it has a legal right to be present as stipulated in the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan – ARCSS,” the statement reads in part.
The statement further indicates that CTSAMM is steadfast in its resolve to execute its mandate to monitor the Permanent Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements -PCTSA in order to enable peace and stability in South Sudan and help bring an end to the long suffering of the people.
Ruth Fenny explined that CTSAMM as an international diplomatic mission is here to make sure that peace and stability returns to South Sudan.
The task of the Monitoring and Verification Team is to monitor compliance by the Parties, and armed groups either under their control or invited to support them to the PCTSA.
The Monitoring and Verification Teams patrol their areas of responsibility and gather information on potential violations which they immediately report to the CTSAMM headquarters.
Violations include reports of military fighting, movements of forces, blockage of aid routes, forced recruitment of child soldiers and attacks on civilians, as well as inciting propaganda, movement of troops and other activities prohibited by the Permanent Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements.