US, IGAD accused of complicating operations of peace monitoring bodies

US, IGAD accused of complicating operations of peace monitoring bodies

A senior member of the Former Detainees (FDs) has welcomed the withdrawal of US support for the peace monitoring bodies.

Maj. Gen. Bior Leek, who is himself a member of the ceasefire monitoring body, alleged that the United States had influenced the peace monitoring bodies in a way that hampered the implementation of the security arrangement.

He made the remarks during the CTSAMVM technical committee meeting yesterday in Juba.

Bior claimed that the inclusion of the US personnel in CTSAMVM and RJMEC had even made it hard for the members of CBC whenever they went for field visits.

“They introduced what is called a vetting in which you have to register in a form including your mom, your father, your family have you seen.

“So, the presence of the USA within this mechanism was hampering those mechanisms because of their own interest.”

“Here in CTSAMVM, they have chosen and taken over what is called the secretariat. They chose that one because they were pursuing some interest there. After they failed to get there, they decided to pull out,” Bior sensationally claimed.

The senior member of FDs applauded the US’s decision to stop funding CTSAMVM and RJMEC. According to him, Washington decided to pull out after realising they were unable to advance their interests.

Brig. Gen. Samuel Chan, a senior representative of the South Sudan Opposition Alliance, accused the United States and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) of discriminating against the nationals and internationals who work with peace monitoring organisations.

 “Some people are regretting the withdrawal of the USA, but for me, I appreciate them and welcome their withdrawal. Let them go because nobody has invited the US to come and support them. They have contributed their money and they have chosen what they want to achieve,” Bior remarked.

“After they contributed their money to CTSAMVM, they made a segregated fund of which they were funding their own citizens within CTSAMVM and their embassy members in RJMEC, excluding the nationals. For that reason, I appreciate them,’’ said Maj. Gen. Bior.

According to Chan, the national monitors with the CTSAMVM are kept apart from the pay provided to the foreign observers.

He claimed the nationals working with the mechanism have not received pay for nearly six months.

Need for funds

To keep the mechanisms functioning, Chan urged the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to mobilise funds for the operation of the peace monitoring organization CTSAMVM.

 “This separation of national and international is not favourable. I believe there will be a lot of negative consequences, even for us if we shut down CTSAMVM because if nationals are not working, that means CTSAMVM cannot work or IGAD provide a solution.”

He pointed out that “the nationals are part and parcel of CTSAMVM as long as there are no provisions that tell us the internationals mobilise resources for themselves while nationals will only be supported by the government.”

Chan said, “The first mistake made was to bring international monitors from countries neighbouring South Sudan.”

“We still have the right to be facilitated by IGAD. The national monitoring body that was agreed to be funded by the government was the MCC, not CTSAMVM. So, it seems like we are giving head hatch to our government to pay us and yet it is not part of the budget. “

“If IGAD is not serious about the operation of CTSAMVM in South Sudan, they should look for another alternative. JMCC can still report and monitor the implementation of the agreement,’’ he claimed.

However, The City Review was unable to obtain a response from the US embassy or the IGAD office in Juba regarding the allegations. Washington recently withdraw her support for peace monitoring bodies citing lack of political will from the peace partner parties to commit to the faster implementation of the deal.