ADDIS ABABA / SOUTH SUDAN PEACE RECOMMITMENTS

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Parties at the South Sudan peace talks in Addis Ababa signed recommitments reached during church-facilitated intra-South South talks on security and governance issues. UNMISS
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STORY: ADDIS ABABA / SOUTH SUDAN PEACE RECOMMITMENTS
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SOURCE: UNMISS
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DATELINE: 22 MAY 2018, ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA

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1. Wide shot, plenary room
2. Various shots, representatives signing agreement
3. Wide shot, Maria Juliet at podium
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Maria Juliet, Female Youth refugee
“I beg you today – the things we are observing here, leaders united us. We don’t need powers, we South Sudanese refugees we need peace back to our country, we need and drink waters in our countries, but not to drink the waters of other countries. We need other countries to come and visit us.”
5. Wide shot, Maria Juliet at podium
6. Pan left, women in support of an end to conflict with flyers by the podium
7. Wide shot, plenary room
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Simon Marot Touloung, Youth Refugee Representative:
“Leadership is not looking at yourself. It is looking at the people you lead. It is not your position, but your responsibility. It is not about your invocation, but it’s about your character. Can we think about the people in dire need to security and a place to call home?”
9. Wide shot, plenary hall
10. Wide shot, Archbishop of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan, Justin Badi Arama, signing agreement
11. Wide shot, signed document being handed over to IGAD Ambassador Ismail Wais
12. Wide shot, Archbishop Moses Deng Bol, at the podium
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Moses Deng Bol, Archbishop of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan:
“We the warring parties and the stakeholders therefore recommit ourselves immediately to the implementation of the cessation of hostilities agreement of December 2017 to stop the fighting that has caused immense suffering to the people of South Sudan. We therefore with immediate effect announce and call upon all our forces on the ground to desist from and avoid any hostile actions prohibited by the cessation of hostilities.”
14. Wide shot, plenary hall
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Justin Badi Arama, Archbishop of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan:
“My message to IGAD is that they should also give space for the South Sudanese to share and talk over issues before just forcing them to do things that will not work.”
16. Wide shot, Plenary hall

STORYLINE:

Parties at the South Sudan peace talks in Addis Ababa today (22 May) signed recommitments reached during church-facilitated intra-South South talks on security and governance issues.

Speaking directly to the parties during the initialing ceremony, Maria Juliet, a representative of the refugee community in Uganda, broke down in tears, pleading that the country’s leaders do more to protect their people.
SOUNDBITE (English) Maria Juliet, Female Youth refugee
“I beg you today – the things we are observing here, leaders united us. We don’t need powers, we South Sudanese refugees we need peace back to our country, we need and drink waters in our countries, but not to drink the waters of other countries. We need other countries to come and visit us.”

A youth representative, Simon Marot Touloung, demanded that the South Sudanese leaders take on their responsibilities to ensure peace and development reigns countrywide.

SOUNDBITE (English) Simon Marot Touloung, Youth Refugee Representative:
“Leadership is not looking at yourself. It is looking at the people you lead. It is not your position, but your responsibility. It is not about your invocation, but it’s about your character. Can we think about the people in dire need to security and a place to call home?”

Archbishop Moses Deng Bol read out the terms of the agreement.

SOUNDBITE (English) Moses Deng Bol, Archbishop of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan:
“We the warring parties and the stakeholders therefore recommit ourselves immediately to the implementation of the cessation of hostilities agreement of December 2017 to stop the fighting that has caused immense suffering to the people of South Sudan. We therefore with immediate effect announce and call upon all our forces on the ground to desist from and avoid any hostile actions prohibited by the cessation of hostilities.”

In an interview, Archbishop Justin Badi, who led the church team that facilitated the intra South-South talks, said the church will continue to engage the parties and its citizens.

SOUNDBITE (English) Justin Badi Arama, Archbishop of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan:
“My message to IGAD is that they should also give space for the South Sudanese to share and talk over issues before just forcing them to do things that will not work.”

The commitments reflected in the signed document, include the principle of cantonment - with timelines to be discussed further, implementation of a 35 percent affirmative action, and a recommitment to immediately cease hostilities and instruct forces to desist from hostile actions.
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