SOUTH SUDAN / HAYSOM PRESSER

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The Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said, “Looking ahead, it would be impossible to envision free, fair, and credible elections in December 2024, unless all South Sudanese parties, leaders, and stakeholders grab the bull by the horns, and agree on a critical mass of decisions by the first quarter of 2024.” UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN/HAYSOM PRESSER
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DATELINE: 23 NOVEMBER 2023, WAU, SOUTH SUDAN

SHOTLIST:
1. Various shots, press conference
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan, Head, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“Looking ahead, it would be impossible to envision free, fair, and credible elections in December 2024, unless all South Sudanese parties, leaders, and stakeholders grab the bull by the horns, and agree on a critical mass of decisions by the first quarter of 2024.”
3. Various shots, journalists and SRSG
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan, Head, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“At the end of this year, the Secretary-General will be reporting to the Security Council on progress towards peaceful elections—the criteria for which should reflect the will and consensus of the South Sudanese themselves, and not a set of externally driven conditions—that is externally driven by the UN.”
5. Various shots, press conference
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan, Head, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“While there remains much international goodwill towards South Sudan, partners are looking to its leaders and, more broadly, to its political class to translate this moment of truth into a vision of shared peace and prosperity for all. Closing this gap requires a collective imagination and a spirit of practical compromise amongst the parties to the Revitalized Peace Agreement.”
7. Various shots, hall
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan, Head, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“Let me underscore that elections are not a one-day event, but a process that incorporates deliberate and thoughtful decisions before, during and after the polls. All these processes must have the full buy-in and support of the South Sudanese, and especially in the case of a country emerging from divisive conflict.”
9. Various shots, SRSG
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan, Head, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“Today, the honest assessment of many observers and stakeholders is that the current political and civic operating space does not offer a level playing field. Therefore, it is imperative for the parties to agree on a code of conduct around free, fair, and transparent competition. UNMISS cautions against the temptation towards unilateral actions that undermine the trust that is needed amongst all stakeholders.”
11. Various shots, journalists
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan, Head, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“South Sudan remains one of the deadliest environments for humanitarians to operate in and I condemn, in the strongest terms, attacks against aid workers, which only prevents assistance from reaching those in need.”
13. Various shots, SRSG
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan, Head, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“Let’s work together to honor the sacrifices of the founding mothers and fathers of this nation, who envisioned a peaceful, prosperous, and democratic future for all. UNMISS remains with you in this journey.”
15. Wide shot, press conference

STORYLINE:

The Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said, “Looking ahead, it would be impossible to envision free, fair, and credible elections in December 2024, unless all South Sudanese parties, leaders, and stakeholders grab the bull by the horns, and agree on a critical mass of decisions by the first quarter of 2024.” UNMISS

Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan, briefed members of the press today (24 Nov) in Wau. He urged South Sudan’s leaders and people to galvanize momentum towards their first post-independence elections.
The top UN official stressed that these long-delayed polls must be owned and led by the South Sudanese themselves.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan, Head, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“At the end of this year, the Secretary-General will be reporting to the Security Council on progress towards peaceful elections—the criteria for which should reflect the will and consensus of the South Sudanese themselves, and not a set of externally driven conditions—that is externally driven by the UN.”

Haysom spoke about constructive diplomatic engagements in Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, and South Africa and outlined the international community’s feedback.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan, Head, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“While there remains much international goodwill towards South Sudan, partners are looking to its leaders and, more broadly, to its political class to translate this moment of truth into a vision of shared peace and prosperity for all. Closing this gap requires a collective imagination and a spirit of practical compromise amongst the parties to the Revitalized Peace Agreement.”

Haysom welcomed the reconstitution of key electoral bodies while highlighting that these bodies need to be urgently resourced and operationalized to execute their mandates.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan, Head, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):

“Let me underscore that elections are not a one-day event, but a process that incorporates deliberate and thoughtful decisions before, during and after the polls. All these processes must have the full buy-in and support of the South Sudanese, and especially in the case of a country emerging from divisive conflict.”

This is a whole-of-society effort that necessitates mutually reinforcing participation of political parties, civil society, faith-based leaders, security institutions and the transitional leadership.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan, Head, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“Today, the honest assessment of many observers and stakeholders is that the current political and civic operating space does not offer a level playing field. Therefore, it is imperative for the parties to agree on a code of conduct around free, fair, and transparent competition. UNMISS cautions against the temptation towards unilateral actions that undermine the trust that is needed amongst all stakeholders.”

SRSG Haysom focused on South Sudan’s humanitarian emergency, which is exacerbated by the influx of returnees and refugees escaping conflict in neighbouring Sudan, reduced funding, climate change and continued risks to aid workers.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan, Head, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“South Sudan remains one of the deadliest environments for humanitarians to operate in and I condemn, in the strongest terms, attacks against aid workers, which only prevents assistance from reaching those in need.”

Haysom expressed concern over reports of recent violence in the Abyei Administrative Area and Warrap state, urging the government to action peaceful dispute resolution. UNMISS, reassured SRSG Haysom, is continuing to protect civilians and support state authorities, but added that transitional security arrangements must be completed. In conclusion, he reiterated that South Sudan must complete its long overdue democratic transition.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan, Head, United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
“Let’s work together to honor the sacrifices of the founding mothers and fathers of this nation, who envisioned a peaceful, prosperous, and democratic future for all. UNMISS remains with you in this journey.”
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