SOUTH SUDAN / CRAFT MALAKAL

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The United States’ Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft visited Malakal on Tuesday (22 Oct) where she met with women from the protection site and visited a World Vision waterpoint which is helping to alleviate the severe shortage of clean drinking water. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / CRAFT MALAKAL
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SOURCE: UNMISS
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DATELINE: 22 OCTOBER 2019, MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN

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1. Various shots tracking shots of Malakal town
2. Various shots, Craft and delegation at the Malakal water well
3. Pan right, Craft at a meeting with women from protection of civilian site
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Kelly Craft, Permanent Representative of the United States to the UN:
“I think, more than ever, it is so important that, on November 12, that we keep the deadline and that there is a transition for a peace agreement. You know, everybody here has hope and they’re not asking for much except for safety for their family, to be able to provide for their family, and they have such trust and faith. I also want to talk about the United Nations and how important it is that they have been here. They are the salvation for many people here and I think it’s more important that the Government see that and take responsibility also and make a very smooth transition.”
5. Wide shot, Shearer in meeting with men from protection of civilians site
6. Med shot, Shearer
7. Close up, a participant
8. SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for South Sudan:
“The Security Council made their own minds up about this. They heard everybody. They spoke to the President. They spoke to Riek Machar. They spoke to all of the signatories. They gave them an enormous amount of time. And they came to the conclusion that it’s important to keep the momentum of the peace agreement going and to have that transitional government start on the 12th of November and to resolve the outstanding issues as it goes forward. We cannot forget those issues that are still yet to be finished but at the same time let’s move forward and let’s have a peaceful transition.”
9. Tracking shot, UNMISS Bangladesh force marine unit boats on Nile river
10. Med shot, Craft and Shearer on a boat
11. Tracking shot, barges on bank

STORYLINE:

The United States’ Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft visited Malakal on Tuesday (22 Oct) where she met with women from the protection site and visited a World Vision waterpoint which is helping to alleviate the severe shortage of clean drinking water.

Five years ago, the town of Malakal was torn apart by violence between government and opposition forces with many people slaughtered in the streets and forced to flee their homes seeking sanctuary with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan.

Today, the town is bustling with activity. While 32,000 displaced people still live in a UN Protection of Civilians site, they now move freely between the camp and the town with security improving in the wake of a revitalized peace agreement and ceasefire.

The Ambassador Craft’s visit followed a series of high-level meetings between a UN Security Council delegation and South Sudanese political leaders, including President Salva Kiir and Opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar. Craft said that securing lasting peace was critical to helping families support themselves, rebuild their lives and ensuring their children have access to education.

“I think, more than ever, it is so important that, on November 12, that we keep the deadline and that there is a transition for a peace agreement,” said Craft. “Everybody here has hope and they’re not asking for much except for safety for their family, to be able to provide for their family, and they have such trust and faith. I also want to talk about the United Nations and how important it is that they have been here. They are the salvation for many people here and I think it’s more important that the Government see that and take responsibility also and make a very smooth transition.”

The Ambassador took part in a patrol along the Nile with the Bangladesh riverine contingent of UNMISS, which helps protect civilians and build peace in the Upper Nile region.

The Head of UNMISS, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for South Sudan David Shearer welcomed her visit, along with 14 other members of the Security Council, which came at a critical and precarious time in the peace process. He said the delegation’s clear message to the parties that they must meet the deadline for forming a unity government in three weeks’ time would help maintain momentum.

SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for South Sudan:
“The Security Council made their own minds up about this. They heard everybody. They spoke to the President. They spoke to Riek Machar. They spoke to all of the signatories. They gave them an enormous amount of time. And they came to the conclusion that it’s important to keep the momentum of the peace agreement going and to have that transitional government start on the 12th of November and to resolve the outstanding issues as it goes forward. We cannot forget those issues that are still yet to be finished but at the same time let’s move forward and let’s have a peaceful transition.”

During their visit, the US Ambassador and her Security Council colleagues expressed their deep concern at the immense harm inflicted on the people of South Sudan during the five-year conflict and pledged their full support for the peace process.
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