UN / SOUTH SUDAN

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The Head of the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), David Shearer, told the Security Council that as rains have arrived in South Sudan, we are seeing the “last push to position forces before roads become impassable for the next four months.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / SOUTH SUDAN
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 24 MAY 2017, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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1. Wide shot, exterior, UN headquarter

24 MAY 2017, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council with SRSG David Shearer on screen
3. SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the Secretary-General in South Sudan:
“It is important to announce that the rains have arrived in South Sudan. These seasonal rains dictate almost every aspect of life in the country, including the cycle of conflict. Across the country, we are seeing the last push to position forces before roads become impassable for the next four months, and with that, the nature of conflict changes.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council with Shearer on screen
5. SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the Secretary-General in South Sudan:
“Rains may bring a respite to large-scale military manoeuvres, but they complicate the humanitarian response and bring the inevitable spectre of cholera to South Sudan. 7,700 cases have been reported to date. Over 60 percent of the country will be impossible to access by road or via dirt airstrips, and humanitarian efforts will rely on air and barge transport.”
6. Med shot, South Sudanese Ambassador
7. SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the Secretary-General in South Sudan:
“With the arrival of the rains, the focus of the conflict tends to shift from the battlefield to the political arena. Already, we are seeing signs of some political shifts. As you know, on 9 May, President Salva Kiir dismissed SPLA Chief of General Staff Paul Malong. After briefly leaving the capital and heading west to his home town of Aweil, Malong returned to Juba and the situation seemed to calm. The President recently announced several changes to the structure and appointments of the SPLA and replaced the Aweil Governor. Most expect further changes and a possible reshuffling of some cabinet posts.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council with Shearer on screen
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Joseph Moum Malok, Charge’d’ Affairs of South Sudan to the United Nations:
“The Transitional Government of National Unity since the signing of the 2015 peace agreement it commits to implement the agreement in letter and in spirit to achieve a permanent peace in the country and it will continue to leave no stone unturned to achieve that goal. Ultimately, however, it will be incumbent upon the rebel movements to meet the government half way if they are serious about finding a durable solution.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
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The Head of the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), David Shearer, told the Security Council today (24 May) that as rains have arrived in South Sudan, we are seeing the “last push to position forces before roads become impassable for the next four months.”

Shearer, addressing the Council in New York via video link from the South Sudanese capital, Juba, noted that while rains may bring a respite to large-scale military manoeuvres, they also greatly complicate the UN’s humanitarian response, bringing “the inevitable spectre of cholera to South Sudan.”

7,700 cases, he said, have been reported to date.

Shearer said “over 60 percent of the country will be impossible to access by road or via dirt airstrips, and humanitarian efforts will rely on air and barge transport.”

He said that “with the arrival of the rains, the focus of the conflict tends to shift from the battlefield to the political arena.”

He noted that “on 9 May, President Salva Kiir dismissed SPLA Chief of General Staff Paul Malong” and “recently announced several changes to the structure and appointments of the SPLA and replaced the Aweil Governor.”

He added that “further changes and a possible reshuffling of some cabinet post” are expected.

South Sudan’s representative, Joseph Moum Malok, told the Council that “the Transitional Government of National Unity since the signing of the 2015 peace agreement it commits to implement the agreement in letter and in spirit to achieve a permanent peace in the country and it will continue to leave no stone unturned to achieve that goal.”

However, he added, “it will be incumbent upon the rebel movements to meet the government half way if they are serious about finding a durable solution.”
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