SSOMA admitted to CTSAMVM

SSOMA admitted to CTSAMVM
Pagan Amum (SSOMA) (right), Minister of Presidential Affairs Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin and former Chief of Staff Gen. Paul Malong (SSOMA) pose for a photo after Naivasha mediation talks in 2020. [Photo: Courtesy]

The South Sudan Opposition Movement Alliance (SSOMA), has signed an anti hostilities agreement with the government.

The agreement means that SSOMA will now be absorbed into the Ceasefire Transitional and Security Arrangement Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (CTSAMVM).

SSOMA will thus start deployment of representatives into CTSAMVM by August 15, 2022 with the help of CTSAMVM and IGAD. The process will be monitored by the Community of Sant’Egidio.

“Parties agree to disseminate the CoHA, sensitize and train all their forces and affiliates under their command and control to ensure full compliance and undertake to hold their forces accountable for any violations,” the communique read.

The official spokesperson of South Sudan United Front/Army (SSUF/A), Col Philip Deng Kuol Nguot, stated that SSOMA’s Real SPLM and SSUF/A will declare size and location of their forces before August 1, 2022, and RTGONU will be expected to assure SSOMA representatives to CTSAMVM of security.

The deal was signed in Rome, Italy.

Deng said the move was in compliance with Cessation of hostilities agreement (CoHA) of 2017, and “Rome Resolution to protect civilians, guarantee free access for humanitarian organizations, deliberate on a roadmap that will mitigate military engagements.”

Last month, SSOMA sent delegates to Rome for CTSAMVM workshop on their inclusion into Ceasefire Monitoring Mechanism.

SSUF/A said they will work towards achieving a lasting peace and prosperity.

President Salva Kiir Mayardit revived Rome talks at the closing ceremony of Governors’ Forum in November 2021 but doubted the political will of holdout groups to hold to the peace process.