UN / EDUCATION INTERRELIGIOUS ETHNIC INCLUSION

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Marking the International Day of Living Together in Peace, Ambassadors from Timor Leste and Sierra Leone discussed their countries recent experiences. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 16 MAY 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Pan right, mural outside United Nations Headquarters

16 MAY 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, conference room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Jesuíno de Oliveira Alves, Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Timor Leste:
“As a new nation, our founding fathers were aware that we could not build a state without making peace between ourselves and with our neighbors. Reconciliations were vital in preventing recurrent conflict and for building peaceful and prosperous society with the participation of all levels of society.”
4. Wide shot, conference room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Jesuíno de Oliveira Alves, Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Timor Leste:
“In fact, while Islam is a minority religion in Timor Leste, which represents 0.2 percent of the total population, the country first Prime Minister after the restoration of Independence was a Muslim.”
6. Med shot, Sierra Leone Ambassador Amara Sheikh Mohammed Sowa speaking
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Amara Sheikh Mohammed Sowa, Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Sierra Leone:
“Sierra Leone provides a unique example of a multi-ethnic, multi-religious society that exists in peace and harmony. There are 17 ethnic groupings and two main religions spread across the country, as my brother said Christianity and Islam.”
8. Wide shot, conference room
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Amara Sheikh Mohammed Sowa, Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Sierra Leone:
“Christians or Muslims also co-exist peacefully within the country with Christian and Islamic festivities observed and celebrated by all asunder. This provides the answer to why the 11-year civil war in Sierra Leone never assumed an ethnic or religious dimension.”
10. Wide shot, delegates applauding

STORYLINE:

Marking the International Day of Living Together in Peace, Ambassadors from Timor Leste and Sierra Leone TODAY (16 May) discussed their countries recent experiences.

Jesuíno de Oliveira Alves of Timor Leste said, “as a new nation, our founding fathers were aware that we could not build a state without making peace between ourselves and with our neighbors. Reconciliations were vital in preventing recurrent conflict and for building peaceful and prosperous society with the participation of all levels of society.”

De Oliveira Alves said, “while Islam is a minority religion in Timor Leste, which represents 0.2 percent of the total population, the country first Prime Minister after the restoration of Independence was a Muslim.”

On 20 May 2002, Democratic Republic of East Timor was recognised as an independent state by the United Nations.
The United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) was a peacekeeping operation which exercised administrative authority over East Timor during the transition to independence.

For his part, Amara Sheikh Mohammed Sowa of Sierra Leone said, “Sierra Leone provides a unique example of a multi-ethnic, multi-religious society that exists in peace and harmony. There are 17 ethnic groupings and two main religions spread across the country, as my brother said Christianity and Islam.”

Mohammed Sowa said, “Christians or Muslims also co-exist peacefully within the country with Christian and Islamic festivities observed and celebrated by all asunder. This provides the answer to why the 11-year civil war in Sierra Leone never assumed an ethnic or religious dimension.”

The Sierra Leone civil war lasted from 1991 to 2002. By early 2002, the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) had disarmed and demobilized more than 75,000 ex-fighters, including child soldiers.

The Government declared the war officially ended. With the political situation stable, the Mission helped organize Sierra Leone 's first ever free and fair presidential and parliamentary elections by providing logistics and public information support.

The UN General-Assembly, in its resolution 72/130, declared 16 May the International Day of Living Together in Peace, as a means of regularly mobilizing the efforts of the international community to promote peace, tolerance, inclusion, understanding and solidarity. The Day aims to uphold the desire to live and act together, united in differences and diversity, in order to build a sustainable world of peace, solidarity and harmony.

The Day invites countries to further promote reconciliation to help to ensure peace and sustainable development, including by working with communities, faith leaders and other relevant actors, through reconciliatory measures and acts of service and by encouraging forgiveness and compassion among individuals.
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