SOUTH SUDAN / KIIR MACHAR MEETING

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The second day of talks between South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, and his former deputy, Riek Machar has ended with both leaders reiterating their desire for peace as they promised to meet regularly in the lead up to the formation of a Transitional Government of National Unity, expected on 12 November 2019. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / KIIR MACHAR MEETING
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SOURCE: UNMISS
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LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / ARABIC / NATS

DATELINE: 11 SEPTEMBER 2019, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

SHOTLIST:

1. Wide shot, SPLA/M IO leader Riek Machar arriving at State House for meeting with President Salva Kiir
2. Wide shot, SPLA/M IO delegation following
3. Wide shot, meeting room Riek Machar shaking hands with President Salva Kiir
4. Wide shot, President Kiir shaking hands with members of clergy
5. Various shots, delegations saying prayer
6. Close up, President Kiir praying
7. Various shots, delegations singing religious hymn
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Bishop Alkangelo Wani Lemi, Chairperson of South Sudan Council of Churches:
“No matter the magnitude of the issues that we will face, it is incumbent upon us to do that which is well, which is right, that is to come together and reason. It is reasoning, it is in dialoguing, it is in sitting together and accepting one another, that will put everything on the table, and we discuss them for the good of the people whose hands have not forgiven its leaders.”
9. Wide shot, President Kiir and Riek Machar and officials from their delegation together with members of clergy at photo session
10. Various shots, interior photo-ops of meeting
11. Wide shot, President Kiir and Riek Machar
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Salva Kiir, South Sudan President:
“You have now seen how we are … We are progressing very well in our discussions.”
13.Med shot, Journalists
14.SOUNDBITE (English) Riek Machar, SPLA-IO leader:
“Juba is home, and I have come back to Juba, even if I go away for some time. The next coming IGAD will determine my status to be free to come and discuss more with you again, but our discussion here, we have made important progress.”
15. Wide shot, exterior
16. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Tut Gathluak, South Sudan’s Presidential Advisor on Security Affairs, and Chairperson of the National Pre-transitional Committee:
“All the parties for the peace agreement have been in Juba with the exception of Riek, and now Riek has joined the team, that means we have all the parties to the peace agreement here in Juba. It is a positive move and commitment towards the stability of South Sudan.”
17. Med shot, members of Clergy and principals
18. SOUNDBITE (Arabi) Henry Odwa, Deputy Chairperson of SPLM-iO:
“We also talked about [the] non-signatory parties, as you are all aware, we have parties led by Thomas Cirilo and Paul Malong and [there is] need to bring them on board. Without them, this peace may have difficulties and that is why we have to move as one people as South Sudanese.
19. Various shots, streets

STORYLINE:

The second day of talks between South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, and his former deputy, Riek Machar has ended with both leaders reiterating their desire for peace as they promised to meet regularly in the lead up to the formation of a Transitional Government of National Unity, expected on 12 November 2019.

A much-anticipated arrival of South Sudan’s opposition leader Riek Machar, a photo-op, and an invocation of spiritual intervention, complete with song and prayer.

During the South Sudanese leaders’ visit to Rome in April this year, the Pope knelt to kiss their feet, and today, there was an obvious recourse to that spirit.

SOUNDBITE (English) Bishop Alkangelo Wani Lemi, Chairperson of South Sudan Council of Churches:
“No matter the magnitude of the issues that we will face, it is incumbent upon us to do that which is well, which is right, that is to come together and reason. It is reasoning, it is in dialoguing, it is in sitting together and accepting one another, that will put everything on the table, and we discuss them for the good of the people whose hands have not forgiven its leaders.”

After a brief photo session with the clergy, the two leaders and their representatives went in to a closed-door meeting, emerging hours later to briefly speak to the eagerly waiting members of the media.

SOUNDBITE (English) Salva Kiir, South Sudan President:
“You have now seen how we are … We are progressing very well in our discussions.”

For the opposition leader, there was a certain significance to being back home.

SOUNDBITE (English) Riek Machar, SPLA-IO leader:
“Juba is home, and I have come back to Juba, even if I go away for some time. The next coming IGAD will determine my status to be free to come and discuss more with you here but our discussion here, we have made important progress.”

Riek Machar went on to add that there shall be frequent meetings, particularly after a summit organized by IGAD – the regional intergovernmental bloc.

Briefing the media, a representative from the government said both sides were looking forward to solving all the outstanding issues and working as a team.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Tut Gathluak, South Sudan’s Presidential Advisor on Security Affairs, and Chairperson of the National Pre-transitional Committee:
“All the parties for the peace agreement have been in Juba with the exception of Riek, and now Riek has joined the team, that means we have all the parties to the peace agreement here in Juba. It is a positive move and commitment towards the stability of South Sudan.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Henry Odwa, Deputy Chairperson of SPLM-Io:
“we also talked about [the] non-signatory parties, as you are all aware, we have parties led by Thomas Cirilo and Paul Malong and [there is] need to bring them on board. Without them, this peace may have difficulties and that is why we have to move as one people as South Sudanese.”

Apart from the need to fund the peace process, part of the discussions also highlighted an urgent need to take peace messages to every part of South Sudan and the diaspora.
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