GENEVA / SUDAN CHILD SOLDIERS

23-Nov-2016 00:03:30
The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) signed in Geneva an Action Plan with the United Nations to end and prevent the recruitment and use of children in conflict. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / SUDAN CHILD SOLDIERS
TRT: 3:30
SOURCE: UNTV CH
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 23 NOVEMBER 2016 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
SHOTLIST
1. Exterior, Palais des Nations
2. Med shot, signing ceremony
3. Close up, UNICEF signature
4. Wide shot, signing ceremony
5. Med shot, UNICEF Representative, SPLM-North and SRSG for children in armed conflict Leila Zerrougui
6. Close up, signature Malik Agar
7. Close up, three parties
8. Wide shot, applause after signing ceremony
9. Med shot, photo op
10. Wide shot, UNICEF press conference
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict:
“The SPLM-North signed the Action Plan for the violation that he was listed for recruitment and use of children, but also in the Action Plan they committed to protection against other violation, which mean that we will work with them on all other violation that could affect children in conflict.”
12. Close up, spokesperson
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Abdullah A. Fadil, Sudan Representative, UNICEF:
“We have committed to helping SPLM-North in making sure that they adhere to their obligations, to assist them with the results of the Action Plan, with the technical knowledge that is needed, with the resource mobilization that is needed, we will be with them along this process until they are able to reach the goals that they have set for themselves. And hopefully, the intention is to be de-listed, because that I think, would be the ultimate goal”.
14. Med shot, journalists
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict:
”So we will see when we start implementing, when we have access to the area, and when we screen the troops and when we see how many children are still there. You know that what is prohibited is not only the recruitment but also the use of children even in support role. So and sometimes with armed groups that are embedded in the community, that is the major challenge id to ensure that children are not even used in support role even if this support role is not per se in a military operation”.
16. Close up, UNICEF Representative for Sudan
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Malik Agar, SPLM-N Chairman:
”We, the SPLM, we are very much committed to this document and we are ready to implement it with the agencies concerned. As you know that children in conflict areas it is not actually a willing practice to happen there, but sometime due to common senses that actually a lot of them want to go, and it is not a problem by itself, it is an effect of a problem, because the problem lies in the conflict.”
18. Close up, Leila Zerrougui
19. Med shot, journalists
STORYLINE
The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) today (23 Nov) signed in Geneva an Action Plan with the United Nations to end and prevent the recruitment and use of children in conflict.

The Action Plan includes a series of measures to end and prevent the recruitment, use and association of all children under 18 with the SPLM-N.

The SPLM-N committed to ensure the release of children present in their ranks and to take the necessary measures to halt child recruitment and use, including through the issuance and dissemination of military orders and the appointment of a high-level officer to act as focal point to coordinate and collaborate with the United Nations to ensure the full implementation of this Action Plan. They also pledged to facilitate the reintegration of the children in their communities.

In a press conference following the signing ceremony, Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, said “the SPLM-North signed the Action Plan for the violation that he was listed for recruitment and use of children, but also in the Action Plan they committed to protection against other violations, which means that we will work with them on all other violation that could affect children in conflict.”

SPLM-N Chairman Malik Agar told reporters in Geneva “we, the SPLM, we are very much committed to this document and we are ready to implement it with the agencies concerned.”

He added, "As you know that children in conflict areas it is not actually a willing practice to happen there, but sometime due to common senses that actually a lot of them want to go, and it is not a problem by itself, it is an effect of a problem, because the problem lies in the conflict.”

Parties to conflict listed in the Secretary-General’s annual report on children and armed conflict are requested by the Security Council to develop action plans to address grave violations against children.

UNICEF representative for Sudan Abdullah A. Fadil, said “we have committed to helping SPLM-North in making sure that they adhere to their obligations, to assist them with the results of the Action Plan, with the technical knowledge that is needed, with the resource mobilization that is needed, we will be with them along this process until they are able to reach the goals that they have set for themselves. And hopefully, the intention is to be de-listed, because that I think, would be the ultimate goal.”

Upon successful completion of all measures agreed to in the Action Plan by the SPLM-N and verification by the United Nations, the non-State armed group will be eligible to be delisted from the annexes of the Secretary-General’s annual report on children and armed conflict.

The SRSG on Children and Armed Conflict also said ”when we start implementing, when we have access to the area, and when we screen the troops then we see how many children are still there.”

She added “what is prohibited is not only the recruitment but also the use of children even in support role. So and sometimes with armed groups that are embedded in the community, that is the major challenge to ensure that children are not even used in support role even if this support role is not per se in a military operation.”
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