SOUTH SUDAN / PEACEKEEPERS DAY

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Marking the International Peacekeepers Day in South Sudan, the head of the UN Mission in the country David Shearer said “peacekeepers can work to protect civilians, but ultimately, a safe and secure future can only come through political solutions.” UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / PEACEKEEPERS DAY
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SOURCE: UNMISS
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 29 MAY 2018, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

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1.Various shots, troops trumpeting
2.Various shots, troops hands on guns and action to hold guns over their shoulders
3.SOUNDBITE (English) Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, David Shearer
“Peacekeepers can work to protect civilians, but ultimately, a safe and secure future can only come through political solutions. Peacekeepers can never be substitutes for the political will of the parties to a conflict. Partnerships including with the regional organisations (I mentioned before), the government and communities, are critical for UN peacekeeping to achieve results. Throughout the UN’s good offices, we will press on to find a negotiated settlement and a lasting solution as we tried very hard at the latest talks in Addis alongside many of the counterparts.”
4.Various shots, David Shearer laying wreath
5.Close up, wreaths
6.SOUNDBITE (English) Senior Presidential Advisor, Nhial Deng Nhial
“We appreciate all that UNMISS is doing, not just in terms of the conditions that enables the international community through the generous donations and assistance of country that provide financial resources to undertake these humanitarian operations, not only do we appreciate them for doing that, but we also appreciate them for having opened their doors to people who are fleeing conflict to seek refuge.”
7.Various shots, Nhial laying wreath

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Marking the International Peacekeepers Day in South Sudan, the head of the UN Mission in the country David Shearer said “peacekeepers can work to protect civilians, but ultimately, a safe and secure future can only come through political solutions.”

During the special event, the head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) David Shearer, and Senior Presidential Advisor, Nhial Deng Nhial laid wreaths beneath flags towering at half-mast in honor of troops who have died while servicing in the country.

Fifty-five troops have died while in service since the start of UNMISS, either in line of duty or due to illnesses. Those that continue to work, serve in complex and challenging scenarios, making immense sacrifices.

Peacekeepers work across South Sudan under a mandate that sees them helping to protect populations; monitor human rights; create conducive environments for the delivery of humanitarian assistance, as they also support the implementation of a peace agreement reached after conflict erupted between government and opposition forces.

SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan:
“Peacekeepers can work to protect civilians, but ultimately, a safe and secure future can only come through political solutions. Peacekeepers can never be substitutes for the political will of the parties to a conflict. Partnerships including with the regional organisations (I mentioned before), the government and communities, are critical for UN peacekeeping to achieve results. Throughout the UN’s good offices, we will press on to find a negotiated settlement and a lasting solution as we tried very hard at the latest talks in Addis alongside many of the counterparts.”

At the event, a government official acknowledged efforts by UNMISS aimed at securing populations affected by conflict.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nhial Deng Nhial, Senior Presidential Advisor:
“We appreciate all that UNMISS is doing, not just in terms of the conditions that enables the international community through the generous donations and assistance of country that provide financial resources to undertake this humanitarian operations, not only do we appreciate them for doing that, but we also appreciate them for having opened their doors to people who are feeling conflict to seek refuge.”

This year, the United Nations celebrates the 70th anniversary of UN peacekeeping, a unique instrument developed to help countries torn by conflict create the conditions for lasting peace. The first UN peacekeeping mission was established on 29 May 1948, when the Security Council authorized the deployment of a small number of UN military observers to the Middle East to form the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) to monitor the Armistice Agreement between Israel and its Arab neighbors.

Worldwide, since 1948, over one million men and women have served under the United Nations flag in 71 peacekeeping operations, directly impacting the lives of hundreds of millions, while protecting vulnerable populations and saving countless lives.
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