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Stakeholders to discuss cantonment issue

Author : Junior Ali | Published: Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Stakeholders to the peace process will meet in 2 days to discuss establishment of cantonment sites for both the government and opposition troops, the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission has announced.

The JMEC says it will mediate the discussions between representatives from the SPLA and the opposition in a workshop planned to take place in Juba.

In a similar workshop last month, the JMEC stakeholders to the peace agreement agreed on a set of security modalities for Juba and cantonment of forces in line with the UN resolution to deploy a protection force in the country.

The workshop then, also addressed the sites for cantonment of forces in contested areas in some parts of the country, including the Equatoria region.

The workshop also developed clear and specific tasks and the timeline for operationalizing the proposed security arrangements.

In a statement, the JMEC says this round of talks will be done through the participation of the Joint Monitoring Ceasefire Commission.

“Other issues to be discussed include specific locations of cantonment sites, criteria regarding eligibility” of troops to be settled into the cantonments sites and “arrangements for the protection and security of the sites,” partly reads the statement.

The JMEC says it will also, during the workshop, provide a detailed analysis of other cantonment exercises that have taken place in other conflict zones.

This will be done with an aim to adapting these processes to fit the context of the South Sudan conflict.

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