SOUTH SUDAN / MOGAE PEACE AGREEMENT

22-Nov-2016 00:02:35
The chair of the JMEC (Joint Monitoring Evaluation Committee) urged parties to the peace agreement to be inclusive to guarantee sustainable peace and said there was no justification for shutting down and intimidating media for reporting divergent views. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / MOGAE PEACE AGREEMENT
TRT: 2:35
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 22 NOVEMBER 2016 JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN
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1. Various shots, meeting room
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Festus Mogae, Chairman of Join Monitoring and Evaluation Commission:
“We urge all parties, and most particularly the TGoNU, to demonstrate leadership and campaign for peace confidently. I appeal to the president of the Republic of South Sudan and the TGoNU to assume a higher profile and a more visible stance in propagating peace among all communities and citizens of South Sudan.”
3. Various shots, meeting room
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Festus Mogae, Chairman of Join Monitoring and Evaluation Commission:
“Violent conflict and the attendant insecurity has deepened and widened the humanitarian crisis. Thousands of people continue to flee into exile. The influx of South Sudanese refugees (188,133) has turned Bidibidi refugee camp in Uganda into the third largest refugee camp in the world. I commend the international community for responding positively to appeals to fund humanitarian aid.”
5. Various shots, meeting room
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Festus Mogae, Chairman of Join Monitoring and Evaluation Commission:
“In Central Equatoria, armed groups continue to target vehicles and convoys carrying goods and civilians in acts of retaliation against government operations. And there are reports of a rise in inflammatory rhetoric, which carries the potential for wider violent ethno-­centric conflict.”
7. Various shots, meeting room
STORYLINE
Parties to the peace agreement are being urged to ensure an inclusive peace process to guarantee sustainable peace.

While opening a stakeholders meeting in Juba today (22 Nov), Festus Mogae, chairperson of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) emphasized the importance of full political inclusion, adding that the voices and contribution of faith based leaders, women, elders, the private sector, civil society and youth cannot be understated.

Mogae also encouraged the transitional government to expand the democratic space rather than reducing it, saying there was no justification for shutting down and intimidating media for reporting divergent views. The JMEC chair also proposed what he termed as a ‘peace offensive’ to campaign for peace throughout the country.

He said that ongoing violence was affecting the humanitarian situation in the country.

Spelling out areas recently affected by conflict, he said the insecurity in the country was affecting the economic situation, which had markedly deteriorated since the conflict in July 2016.
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