SOUTH SUDAN / LIRANGU VISIT

09-Jan-2020 00:02:02
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan Force Commander visited Lirangu, an opposition-controlled area, where he was briefed by the opposition military commander in the area on the progress made so far in the implementation of transitional security arrangements as required by the country’s revitalized peace agreement. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / LIRANGU VISIT
TRT: 02:02
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 09 JANUARY 2020, LIRANGU, SOUTH SUDAN
SHOTLIST
1. Various shots, UNMISS force Commander meeting SPLM-iO officers
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Lieutenant General Shailesh Tinaikar Force Commander, UNMISS:
“The purpose of my visit was to interact with General Alfred and learn from him – to know from him the progress in the transitional security arrangements. He has told us that the food has been provided; the soldiers are all ready to move. The soldiers have been identified for the organized forces as well as for the army. Some part of the movement has already taken place which is really very good. The others are only waiting for transport to come and [move] them to the training centre at Maridi, so the outlook is positive very good”
3. Various shots, handshakes
4. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Lieutenant General Alfred Futuyo, SPLA-iO Sector Commander.
“This time let the peace process be done fast; people are suffering. Indeed, people are suffering, including me. Talking on telephone, no proper food – you always think of what will happen tomorrow or the next day, which you never know. Let Salva Kiir and others be very fast with the arrangements as we are sending these army let them not be left at the training center. Let them be organized, deployed and the government be formed so we can return to town.”
7. Tracking short, SPLM-io camp
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The United Nations Mission in South Sudan Force Commander visited Lirangu, an opposition-controlled area, where he was briefed by the opposition military commander in the area on the progress made so far in the implementation of transitional security arrangements as required by the country’s revitalized peace agreement.

The Force Commander of the UN Mission in South Sudan visited today (9 Jan) Lirangu, in the country’s Western Equatoria region, where he met Lieutenant General Alfred Futuyo, the commander of opposition forces in the area, known as Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition, or SPLA-iO.

The opposition forces in the area have been complaining about lack of necessities in their cantonment sites, which has for long complicated the implementation of the pre-transitional security arrangements, as former foes seek to form one national army – a requirement of the September 2018 peace agreement.

With logistical support reaching different parts of the country, opposition forces have been moving to various training centres. Here in the Western Equatoria region, opposition forces have been transported to a training centre in Maridi.

SOUNDBITE (English) Lieutenant General Shailesh Tinaikar Force Commander, UNMISS:
“The purpose of my visit was to interact with General Alfred and learn from him – to know from him the progress in the transitional security arrangements. He has told us that the food has been provided; the soldiers are all ready to move. The soldiers have been identified for the organized forces as well as for the army. Some part of the movement has already taken place which is really very good. The others are only waiting for transport to come and [move] them to the training centre at Maridi, so the outlook is positive very good.”

After meeting with the UN Mission Force Commander, the opposition military commander in the area urged UNMISS – the UN Mission in South Sudan – and partners to support the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement to bring durable peace to the people of South Sudan.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Lieutenant General Alfred Futuyo, SPLA-iO Sector Commander.
“This time let the peace process be done fast; people are suffering. Indeed, people are suffering, including me. Talking on telephone, no proper food – you always think of what will happen tomorrow or the next day, which you never know. Let Salva Kiir and others be very fast with the arrangements as we are sending these army let them not be left at the training center. Let them be organized, deployed and the government be formed so we can return to town.”

South Sudan is due to form a transitional government of national unity by 22 February 2020 following a 100-day extension given last November. Implementing pre-transitional security arrangements as required by the 2018 Addis Ababa agreement has been one of the sticky factors in delaying the formation of the transitional government.

Parties to the peace agreement now hope that the momentum of unification of forces will continue, to ensure a transitional government is formed as scheduled.
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