UN / SIERRA LEONE

03-Oct-2005
Interview with Daudi Ngelautwa Mwakawago , the Secretary- General's Special Representative for Sierra Leone regarding the coming to an end of UNAMSIL'S mission . UNTV.

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DATELINE: 3 OCTOBER, NEW YORK CITY - FILE

SHOT LIST:

1. Wide shot, exterior UN Building

2. Med shot, guest

3. SOUNDBITE (English)

"Now that UNAMSIL is leaving you are exposing the deficiencies - massive illiteracy, massive poverty, poor infrastructure - that's the kind of... when I use the... but it's not the fault of the peacekeepers because we went there to restore peace. We have done it. Now we're saying we've done the restoration of peace, please the investors and the other peace-builders come in and work with the people of Sierra Leone to do long term development."

4. Med shot, guest

5. SOUNDBITE (English)

"We have helped build to capacity of the government, to be able to control the diamonds so that the diamonds instead of bloodied diamonds become precious commodity for the country."

FILE: 27 - 30 JUNE 2005, WILBERFORCE BARRACKS, FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE

6. Pull back, children to peacekeepers repairing drainage canal

7. Med shot, peacekeeper on tractor clearing out garbage

8. Wide shot, garbage strewn area

9. Med shot, peacekeepers and military building latrines

10. Med shot, building latrines

 

STORYLINE:

Speaking today at the United Nations , Daudi Mwakawago, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sierra Leone, said that the outgoing United Nations Assistance Mission in Sierra Leone had been a success , in that it had brought peace to war torn country.

He went onto to call for international aid to help maintain the long term sustainability of the gains achieved so far, "Now that UNAMSIL is leaving you are exposing the deficiencies - massive illiteracy, massive poverty, poor infrastructure, but it's not the fault of the peacekeepers because we went there to restore peace. We have done it. Now we're saying we've done the restoration of peace, please the investors and the other peace-builders come in and work with the people of Sierra Leone to do long term development."

He went onto stress that UNAMSIL had made much progress in stopping the illegal diamond trade , so called " blood diamonds" and that under the UN commendable progress had been made in licensing and increasing the official export of diamonds. "We have helped build the capacity of the government, to be able to control the diamonds so that the diamonds instead of being " bloodied diamonds" become precious commodity for the country."

Ambassador Mwakawago said that since its inception in 1999, UNAMSIL has brought the peace process back on track, demobilized tens of thousands of combatants, helped organize national elections, assisted the Government to extends it authority nationwide, trained thousands of police and monitored human rights violations.

Sierra Leone faced many problems one of which is a failure to resolve the Yenga border dispute between Sierra Leone and Guinea which is a potential source of conflict , as well as the fact that in a country of 5 million people , 2 million of them are unemployed youths.

 

 

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