SOUTH SUDAN / MALAKAL CONFERENCE

11-Apr-2019 00:02:35
The UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) brought together Upper Nile region’s governors and senior military commanders from across the region to breakdown the recently signed revitalized peace agreement and make it tangible for the region’s operations. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / MALAKAL CONFERENCE
TNT: 02:35
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / ARABIC / NATS

DATELINE: 02-04, APRIL 2019, MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN

1. Wide shot, lead participants dancing for peace
2. Wide shot, participants singing and dancing for peace
3. Wide shot, facilitator
4. Med shot, participants listening
5. Med shot, military commanders
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Major General Akol Ajok, Division Two Commander, Malakal:
“We are committed to the peace, because this peace belongs to everybody and we have a role to play in the peace. Though peace belongs to each and everybody, but the security arrangement is most important thing that if we implement this security arrangement in a very good faith then it will pave the way for the Government of South Sudan to be peaceful and then the government mechanism will be run as far as revitalized peace agreement is concerned.”
7. Wide shot, participants
8. Med shot, participants
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Hazel De Wet, Head of UNMISS Field Office in Upper Nile:
“They have made very firm commitments towards peace, freedom of movement, promotion and protection of human rights, they are very keen to ensure that the IDP community and refugees return in safety and dignity. And these are very important commitments made by both the government, opposition, as well as military commander officers.”
10. Med shot, participants
11. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) James Torr Munybuny, Governor, Upper Nile:
“We have agreed upon and to sign the document of understanding and commitment before the public and the citizens of Upper Nile who are here. From here let’s to the stadium to sign and the document 19 points.”
12. Wide shot, military commanders signing the document
13. Close up, signing
14. Med shot, governors and military commanders
Wide shot, governors signing document
15. Close up, signing
16. Med shot, a witness signing
17. Wide shot, Governor and military commanders showing the signed document to the public
18. Wide shot, public witnessing the signing of the document for peaceful co-existence in the region

STORYLINE:

The UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) brought together Upper Nile region’s governors and senior military commanders from across the region to breakdown the recently signed revitalized peace agreement and make it tangible for the region’s operations.

The conference bore a written pledge against sexual and gender-based violence, unhindered access for humanitarian service providers, release of prisoners of war, cessation of armed individual movement, among other commitments.

Delegates came from as far as Renk, near the border with Sudan to engage in discussions that include the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement signed in 2018

It is the first time that a meeting of this magnitude that includes members of the opposition is being held.

SOUNDBITE (English) Major General Akol Ajok, Division Two Commander, Malakal:
“We are committed to the peace, because this peace belongs to everybody and we have a role to play in the peace. Though peace belongs to each and everybody, but the security arrangement is most important thing that if we implement this security arrangement in a very good faith then it will pave the way for the Government of South Sudan to be peaceful and then the government mechanism will be run as far as revitalized peace agreement is concerned.”

The leaders discussed, extensively, the issue access for humanitarian service providers. UNMISS has worked tirelessly to ensure much-needed aid reaches the population.

SOUNDBITE (English) Hazel De Wet, Head of UNMISS Field Office in Upper Nile:
“They have made very firm commitments towards peace, freedom of movement, promotion and protection of human rights, they are very keen to ensure that the IDP community and refugees return in safety and dignity. And these are very important commitments made by both the government, opposition, as well as military commander officers.”

The governors were urged to demilitarize their regions in order to improve service delivery

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) James Torr Munybuny, Governor, Upper Nile:
“We have agreed upon and to sign the document of understanding and commitment before the public and the citizens of Upper Nile who are here. From here let’s to the stadium to sign and the document 19 points.”

Top among discussions was the return of internally displaced persons to their places of origin - many of whom are living in the UN’s protection site in Malakal. However, the leaders also discussed return of refugees, agricultural productivity to curb famine, freedom of movement and continued commitment to the agreement signed by their representatives.

At the Malakal stadium rally, both government and opposition officials reiterated their commitment to the peace implementation process. The governors and their commanders signed an agreement that contained their written pledges to their people.

It is hoped that the full implementation of the peace agreement will pave the way for a return to normal life.
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