SOUTH SUDAN / SECURITY COUNCIL VISIT

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21-Oct-2019 00:03:50
UN Security Council members arrived Sunday in South Sudan’s capital Juba, three weeks before a new revitalized transitional government of national unity is due to be formed. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / SECURITY COUNCIL VISIT
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SOURCE: UNMISS
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DATELINE: 20 OCTOBER 2019, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

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1. Various shots, UN Security Council members disembarking
2. Wide shot, meeting
3. Med shot, Council’s president, South Africa’s ambassador Matjila
4. Med shot, South Sudan’s civil society’s representatives
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Jerry Matthews Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations:
“The Security Council highlighted the significant improvement in the security situation across South Sudan, particularly for the general population in the past year due to peace agreement and the ceasefire. It also noted the reduction of political violence which has enabled more people to return home and contributed to the return of 594,000 displaced persons, increased food production, enhanced humanitarian access and increased commerce among ordinary people.”
6. Various shots, meeting between Security Council and Riek Machar
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Riek Machar Leader of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement In-Opposition:
“Yes, IGAD, in its resolution, stated that by the 12th of November there should be a new government called revitalized transitional government of national unity but the aspects that are needed for establishment of such a government are not there.”
8. Med shot, Security Council members listening
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Riek Machar Leader of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement In-Opposition:
Suppose we form the government on the 12th, do you know what is going to happen? The ceasefire that we have been enjoying for over a year… it will rupture.”
10. Various shots, meeting with President Salva Kiir
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Kelly Craft, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations:
“The Security Council called on parties of the Agreement to expedite the process of implementing transitional security arrangements and to continue consultations on the issue of the number and boundaries of States and to peacefully form the revitalized transitional government of national unity by November the 12.”
12. Med shot, press stakeout
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Kelly Craft, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations:
“We were disappointed by statements from Dr. Riek Machar that the ceasefire would be in jeopardy.”
14. Med short, journalists
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Kelly Craft, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations:
“Opportunity is what our visit today is about. There is an opportunity for the leaders of South Sudan to make political compromise and move forward to the next phase of peace process in a credible, transparent and accountable manner. There is an opportunity for the people of South Sudan to live free of political violence and secure an economic future for their children.
16. Wide shot, photo op and handshake Craft with President Salva Kiir

STORYLINE:

UN Security Council members arrived Sunday (20 Oct) in South Sudan’s capital Juba, three weeks before a new revitalized transitional government of national unity is due to be formed.

The Security Council members were greeted by Government representatives and senior leaders of UNMISS before meeting with women’s groups and civil society to hear their experience of the conflict and the peace process.

SOUNDBITE (English) Jerry Matthews Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations
“The Security Council highlighted the significant improvement in the security situation across South Sudan, particularly for the general population in the past year due to peace agreement and the ceasefire. It also noted the reduction of political violence which has enabled more people to return home and contributed to the return of 594,000 displaced persons, increased food production, enhanced humanitarian access and increased commerce among ordinary people.”

Under a revitalized peace deal signed in September 2018, a unified transitional government is due to be formed on 12 November. However, several key outstanding issues are proving to be a barrier to that process, including decisions on future states and boundaries and the reunification of security forces. The Opposition’s leader stated it would not join the government until that reunification happens.

SOUNDBITE (English) Riek Machar Leader of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement In-Opposition:
“Yes, IGAD, in its resolution, stated that by the 12th of November there should be a new government called revitalized transitional government of national unity but the aspects that are needed for establishment of such a government are not there.”

He added: “suppose we form the government on the 12th, do you know what is going to happen? The ceasefire that we have been enjoying for over a year… it will rupture.”

Security Council members held lengthy talks with South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir as well as other signatories of the peace deal, including Dr. Riek Machar who flew into the country for the meeting. The delegation’s message was clear that the parties should form an inclusive government as promised.

SOUNDBITE (English) Kelly Craft, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations:
“The Security Council called on parties of the Agreement to expedite the process of implementing transitional security arrangements and to continue consultations on the issue of the number and boundaries of States and to peacefully form the revitalized transitional government of national unity by November the 12.”

She underlined: “we were disappointed by statements from Dr. Riek Machar that the ceasefire would be in jeopardy.”

The Security Council urged the Parties to demonstrate strong leadership to ensure that the country does not descend back into conflict.

SOUNDBITE (English) Kelly Craft, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations:
“Opportunity is what our visit today is about. There is an opportunity for the leaders of South Sudan to make political compromise and move forward to the next phase of peace process in a credible, transparent and accountable manner. There is an opportunity for the people of South Sudan to live free of political violence and secure an economic future for their children.

They promised the full support of the international community to ensure that durable peace can finally be secured.
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