JMEC Deputy Chairman says Inclusive cantonment key to peace process in the South Sudan
Dec 13, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —– A press released seen by the Nyamilepedia press states that the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) has reiterated the need for an all-inclusive cantonment geared towards a quick and sustained resolution of the conflicts in South Sudan.
The JMEC Deputy Chairman, Amb Lt. Gen. Augostino Njoroge, said “Inclusivity means that all parties to join the cantonment and the disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) process peacefully and ensuring genuine representation of the national character in all transformed institutions”
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Njoroge was speaking during the second Joint Military Ceasefire Commission (JMCC) cantonment workshop held in Juba yesterday.
He said cantonment of forces will not be an easy task, stressing that it will be a challenge to ensure a successful cantonment of all forces.
“We have many challenges ahead to ensure that cantonment is a success and moves the peace process forward in the coming months. The cantonment will require the combined efforts of the Transitional Government of National Unity, regional and international partners,” he said.
The event was attended by the Minister of Defense Hon. Kuol Manyang, Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Hon. Martin Lomuro, JMCC Chair Lt General James Ajongo, and foreign diplomats.
The workshop is aimed at expanding earlier JMCC discussions, with the goal of finalizing plans and activities to start cantonment operations in South Sudan.
Hon Manyang said “efforts are being made to reconcile the people of South Sudan.”
“We have the political goodwill. We are doing everything we can to do well in the peace process;” Hon. Lomoro said
“The work of the JMCC is the nucleus of the peace agreement in the South Sudan. The situation of peace building is difficult and we must make difficult decisions. We want peace for everybody. I want to encourage general to make cantonment process a success,” He continued.
JMCC is created by Chapter II, Article 3.3 of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS), and is responsible for oversight and coordination of the cantonment process, as well as the return to barracks by the SPLA-IG.
While addressing “inclusive cantonment” indirectly, the two bodies, JMEC and JMCC, said no plans in place to accommodate the forces of SPLA-IO who are not loyal to Salva Kiir government.