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Peacekeeping Chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix told the Security Council that “since the signing of the revitalized peace agreement, there has been a significant improvement in the general security situation of the country and incidents between signatory parties have reduced." UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 18 DECEMBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior, UN headquarter

18 DECEMBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, delegates
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations:
“We are encouraged to report that since the signing of the revitalized peace agreement, there has been a significant improvement in the general security situation of the country and incidents between signatory parties have reduced. Commanders on the ground have reached out to one another, with and without the facilitation of the United Nations and confidence-building measures have been initiated. This has led to the reopening of roads, free movement of civilians, movement of Government and Opposition groups in areas controlled by each other and the beginning of the return of some displaced populations to their areas of origin.”
5. Med shot, delegates
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations:
“The humanitarian situation in the country remains of grave concern and is a direct consequence of the conflict. Attacks on humanitarian workers, the dangers posed to them and the impediments created by the parties to the conflict are unacceptable.”
7. Med shot, delegates
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations:
“As we find ourselves almost to the day exactly five years after the beginning of this conflict, I would like to reemphasize our key message to your Council here today. The chance for peace in South Sudan has been created. More progress has been made in the past four months than in the previous four years. We need to acknowledge this new political reality and commend both the parties, IGAD, and the region for their efforts and achievement. Nonetheless, the peace process is not yet assessed as fully sustainable and irreversible and will need positive engagement and compromise from the parties and continued reinforcement if it is to deliver genuine hope and relief to the suffering South Sudanese populations.”
9. Wide shot, Council with SRSG on Sexual Violence Pramila Patten on screen
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Pramila Patten, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict:
“I urge the Government of South Sudan to rigorously and expeditiously investigate all incidents of sexual violence, share the results with the United Nations, and hold all perpetrators accountable regardless of rank or seniority. Furthermore, I urge the Government to establish the hybrid court without delay, and to
ensure that it prosecutes all cases of sexual violence.”
11. Med shot, delegates
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Akuei Bona Malwal, Permanent Representative of South Sudan to the United Nations:
“Quick condemnation may be good public relations for some, but investigating, getting to the facts, and bringing the criminals under the rule of law is more prudent. I believe it’s called due process in some countries. Sanctions alone have never brought peace in any conflict in the world.”
13. Wide shot, Council

STORYLINE:

Peacekeeping Chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix today (18 Dec) told the Security Council that “since the signing of the revitalized peace agreement, there has been a significant improvement in the general security situation of the country and incidents between signatory parties have reduced.

Lacroix said, “confidence-building measures have been initiated” which has led to “the reopening of roads, free movement of civilians, movement of Government and Opposition groups in areas controlled by each other and the beginning of the return of some displaced populations to their areas of origin.”

Nevertheless, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, stressed that “the humanitarian situation in the country remains of grave concern and is a direct consequence of the conflict.”

He said, “attacks on humanitarian workers, the dangers posed to them and the impediments created by the parties to the conflict are unacceptable.”

Five years after the beginning of this conflict, Lacroix said, “the chance for peace in South Sudan has been created” and noted that “more progress has been made in the past four months than in the previous four years.”

Nonetheless, he warned, “the peace process is not yet assessed as fully sustainable and irreversible and will need positive engagement and compromise from the parties and continued reinforcement if it is to deliver genuine hope and relief to the suffering South Sudanese populations.”

Addressing the Council via teleconference, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten, urged the Government of South Sudan “to rigorously and expeditiously investigate all incidents of sexual violence, share the results with the United Nations, and hold all perpetrators accountable regardless of rank or seniority.”

Furthermore, she urged the Government “to establish the hybrid court without delay, and to ensure that it prosecutes all cases of sexual violence.”

Responding to the allegations, South Sudanese Ambassador Akuei Bona Malwal said, “quick condemnation may be good public relations for some, but investigating, getting to the facts, and bringing the criminals under the rule of law is more prudent. I believe it’s called due process in some countries.”

He added that “sanctions alone have never brought peace in any conflict in the world.”

In the last week of November, around125 women and girls have sought treatment after having been sexually assaulted, as they walked along roads near Nhialdu and Guit on their way to a town near the Sudanese border. They were also robbed and beaten.

More than 65 per cent of women and girls in South Sudan have reportedly experienced sexual violence at least once in their lives. Given the endemic impunity to the widespread and systematic use of sexual violence by the country’s warring parties, accountability has been a core element of the Commission’s work.
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