SOUTH SUDAN / UN AU PRESSER

09-Oct-2018 00:03:48
A joint UN-AU delegation to South Sudan has concluded its three-day visit saying that they hope for a “full cessation of hostilities” and will hold “accountable anyone going the other route.” UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / UN AU PRESSER
TRT: 3:48
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 09 OCTOBER 2018, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN
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1. Wide shot, delegation and journalists in press conference room
2. med shot, journalists
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations:
“We engaged with members of the Government here, the authorities of South Sudan, to hear their views about the way forward and we were encouraged to hear that there are measures that are envisaged to take it further. Of course, the implementation of the peace agreement is primarily a responsibility for South Sudanese, and I think the partners of South Sudan are keen to see a few things materialize on the ground, particularly the cessation of hostilities which would be, of course, so important – a full cessation of hostilities because we acknowledge that there is a decrease in the fighting but that would be so important, particularly for the women and, indeed, for all the civilian population. So, we are of course looking forward to further improvement in the security situation and other such positive signals that would certainly generate more confidence and mobilization from the international community.”
4.Cuitaway, AU and UN officials
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Smail Chergui African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security:
“The challenges are ahead of us, but let us just take note today that everybody wants to implement that agreement faithfully and we will [hold] accountable anyone going the other route.”
6. Cutaway, journalists
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women:
“They also wanted to encourage the Government to interact with them directly so that they can also have an opportunity to exchange directly with Government about their expectations and get additional assurance about the future which they are very excited about. There is definitely support for the agreement. They want it to succeed but they are providing safeguards by wanting to be in close contact with their leaders.”
8. Various shots, UN and AU delegation at meeting with Cabinet Affairs officials
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Elia Lomuro, Cabinet Affairs Minister:
“[It] was good to hear from both the UN [and AU] representatives about the commitment of the UN to support the peace process and they are waiting to see us giving important signals, milestones that prove our commitment and seriousness in implementing this agreement. We have heard also from the African Union about their desire to participate with us in the security sector reform.”
10. Various shots, UN-AU delegation meeting with Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation Deng Dau Deng
11. Various shots, UN_AU delegation at meeting with various women representatives
STORYLINE
A joint UN-AU delegation to South Sudan has concluded its three-day visit saying that they hope for a “full cessation of hostilities” and will hold “accountable anyone going the other route.”

The delegation, led by the UN peacekeeping chief Jean-Pierre Lacroix, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security Smail Chergui and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, met with various government officials, and also spoke to journalists in the capital Juba, reiterated their support for the revitalized peace agreement signed in Ethiopia on September 12th, saying the country needed to start resolving it’s social and economic problems.

Members of the AU-UN delegation meet with journalists, at the end of another busy day. Here, they share what preoccupied their meetings earlier in the day.

SOUNDBITE (English) Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations:
“We engaged with members of the Government here, the authorities of South Sudan, to hear their views about the way forward and we were encouraged to hear that there are measures that are envisaged to take it further. Of course, the implementation of the peace agreement is primarily a responsibility for South Sudanese, and I think the partners of South Sudan are keen to see a few things materialize on the ground, particularly the cessation of hostilities which would be, of course, so important – a full cessation of hostilities because we acknowledge that there is a decrease in the fighting but that would be so important, particularly for the women and, indeed, for all the civilian population. So, we are of course looking forward to further improvement in the security situation and other such positive signals that would certainly generate more confidence and mobilization from the international community.”

Members of the delegation said they had a chance to see first-hand and talk to some of those who had suffered years of conflict. They said the signing of the revitalized peace agreement “is the starting point of the hard work” and were hoping to hear from the Government, civil society, women’s organizations and others about what needed to be done immediately in support, warning there would be consequences for those pulling the process backward.

SOUNDBITE (English) Smail Chergui African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security:
“The challenges are ahead of us, but let us just take note today that everybody wants to implement that agreement faithfully and we will [hold] accountable anyone going the other route.”

Listing various expectations from the women she met, UN Women’s top official said women wanted to be included in the security sector reforms which would include greater participation and contribution by women in securing the country.

SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Elia Lomuro, Cabinet Affairs Minister:
“They also wanted to encourage the Government to interact with them directly so that they can also have an opportunity to exchange directly with Government about their expectations and get additional assurance about the future which they are very excited about. There is definitely support for the agreement. They want it to succeed but they are providing safeguards by wanting to be in close contact with their leaders.”

She challenged women saying that they should take advantage of the 35 per cent quota participation in governance as per the peace agreement. Before meeting with journalists, the delegation had a meeting with various government officials.

SOUNDBITE (English) Cabinet Affairs Minister, Martin Elia Lomuro:
“[It] was good to hear from both the UN [and AU] representatives about the commitment of the UN to support the peace process and they are waiting to see us giving important signals, milestones that prove our commitment and seriousness in implementing this agreement. We have heard also from the African Union about their desire to participate with us in the security sector reform.”

More importantly, though, engagement with women continued being a priority, and thus a critical part of the delegation’s busy schedule on its final day.
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