R-JMEC concerned about SPLM-IO’S decision to disengage from security mechanisms.
R-JMEC, the head of the peace monitoring committee, has raised the alarm over SPLM-absence IOs from security mechanism meetings.
On Tuesday, the SPLM-IO discontinued its membership in the Joint Defense Board, Joint Transitional Security Committee, Joint Military Ceasefire Commission, CTSAM-VM, National Transitional Committee, and R-JMEC, as well as the National Transitional Committee and R-JMEC.
The suspension was announced by SPLM-IO as a result of SSPDF-allied forces attacking their cantonments and training camps in Upper Nile and Unity states.
The assertions were disputed by the South Sudan People’s Defense Force.
“The suspension of the SPLM-participation IO’s in the meetings of the security mechanisms of the renewed agreement on the settlement of the conflict in the Republic of South Sudan R-ARCSS affects the R-JMEC.”
“The R-JMEC is especially worried about recent reports of battles between the SPLA-IO and SSPDF defectors in Upper Nile and Unity states, notably in certain training sites,” Maj. Gen. Gatuai said.
In his plea, General Gituai urged the unity government to hasten the security arrangements’ implementation.
“The R-JMEC encourages the R-TGoNU to complete the transitional security arrangements as soon as possible and condemns military defections.” Accepting that defections violate the word and spirit of the agreement, defectors must be held responsible for their acts after a transparent inquiry.”
“The R-JMEC further advises the R-TGoNU to provide civilian safety at all times.” “R-JMEC reminds all parties that the best way to resolve a dispute is via full involvement and inclusive discourse,” he said.