SOUTH SUDAN / HAYSOM PRESS CONFERENCE

14-Apr-2022 00:04:44
The head of UN Mission in South Sudan Nicholas Haysom urged all parties, including non-signatories, to join the collective push for sustainable peace in the world’s youngest nation, as it faces surging subnational violence and a deepening humanitarian crisis, exacerbated by climate change and COVID-19. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / HAYSOM JUBA PRESSER
TRT: 4:51
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / NATS
DATELINE: 14 APRIL 2022, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN / FILE
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FILE – UNMISS

1. Wide shot, driving through town, Juba
2. Wide shot, displaced people

FILE – UNMISS – 16 NOVEMBER 2021, BENTIU

3. Aerial shot, Bentiu flood

14 APRIL 2022, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary General and Head of UNMISS:
“I was saddened to learn that only last week thousands of people in Leer, Unity State were forced to flee their homes following a surge of fighting along with disturbing reports of sexual violence, looting and destruction of civilian and humanitarian property. Civilians, including women and children, continue to bear the brunt of this senseless violence. I strongly condemn these violent attacks on civilians but in particular attacks on humanitarians and looting of their life-saving supplies and assets is unacceptable.”

FILE – UNMISS

5. Wide shot, UN Patrol vehicles and displaced people

FILE – UNMISS – 16 NOVEMBER 2021, BENTIU

6. Wide shot, meeting with governor

FILE – UNMISS, 02 NOVEMBER 2017

7. Wide shot, SPLA/IO, UN force and people of Akobo

14 APRIL 2022, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary General and Head of UNMISS:
“I recognize the progress made and applaud the parties for overcoming the negotiation impasse to reach the 3 April agreement on security arrangements regarding the unified command-and-control structure. I also take note of the presidential decree on 12 April which is a crucial and necessary step for the implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement. It’s important to recognize that all parties cooperated to make this possible.”
9. Wide Shot, press Conference, Juba

FILE – UNMISS – 18 MAY 2018, Aburoc

10. Wide shot, displaced person fetching water, Aburoc

FILE – UNMISS

11. Wide shot, humanitarian distributing food items
12. Wide shot, displaced people

14 APRIL 2022, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

13. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary General and Head of UNMISS:
“We will continue to advocate at the highest levels of government to assume a greater responsibility to intervene in the protection of civilians, which includes humanitarians. For humanitarians, saving lives should not mean losing lives. With the appointment of a unified command, we expect to see greater coherence in responding to local conflicts across the country.”
14. Various shots, press Conference, Juba

FILE – UNMISS, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

15. Wide shot, armored Vehicle

FILE – UNMISS - 02 MAY 2018, ADDIS ABABA

16. Various shots, Revitalization Forum, Addis Ababa

14 APRIL 2022, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

17. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary General and Head of UNMISS:
“Now that the parties have reached agreement on the unified command structure, the way is open for a surge on other critical tasks which includes transitional justice; undertaking financial, legal and judicial reforms; and the constitution making process which is fundamental to defining the social contract will underpin national unity. UNMISS is committed to providing technical support, working with local organisations to encourage an understanding on the constitution making process and to ensure that the process is inclusive.”

FILE – UNMISS - 02 MAY 2018, ADDIS ABABA

18. Various Shots Revitalization Forum, Addis Ababa

FILE – UNMISS

19. Various shots, displaced people

14 APRIL 2022, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

20. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary General and Head of UNMISS:
“When I briefed the Security Council in March, I reflected on the longstanding delays in implementing the peace agreement. I also stressed that a window of opportunity remains for South Sudan to complete its transition in accordance with the timeline set out in the Peace Agreement. That remains my view today, though the window is closing. Recent progress gives hope that the Government can accelerate implementation and make maximum use of the time left in the transitional period.”
21. Wide shot, press briefing room
STORYLINE
The head of UN Mission in South Sudan Nicholas Haysom urged all parties, including non-signatories, to join the collective push for sustainable peace in the world’s youngest nation, as it faces surging subnational violence and a deepening humanitarian crisis, exacerbated by climate change and COVID-19.

At a press conference today (14 Apr) in Juba, Haysom discussed the Mission’s support for upcoming elections and the ongoing push to write a permanent constitution.
The UN Peacekeeping mission’s posture in protecting civilians and facilitating humanitarian aid, were also discussed.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary General and Head of UNMISS:
“I was saddened to learn that only last week thousands of people in Leer, Unity State were forced to flee their homes following a surge of fighting along with disturbing reports of sexual violence, looting and destruction of civilian and humanitarian property. Civilians, including women and children, continue to bear the brunt of this senseless violence. I strongly condemn these violent attacks on civilians but in particular attacks on humanitarians and looting of their life-saving supplies and assets is unacceptable.”

Building durable peace is a collective effort and the top UN envoy commended all parties for reaching an agreement on the command-and-control structure of the Necessary Unified Forces, a key stipulation contained within the Revitalized Peace Agreement.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary General and Head of UNMISS:
“I recognize the progress made and applaud the parties for overcoming the negotiation impasse to reach the 3 April agreement on security arrangements regarding the unified command-and-control structure. I also take note of the presidential decree on 12 April which is a crucial and necessary step for the implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement. It’s important to recognize that all parties cooperated to make this possible.”

Haysom underscored his hope that such progress in peace implementation will be an important step forward in protecting civilians and providing humanitarian assistance to those who need it the most, adding that UNMISS will continue its proactive engagements on behalf of the people of South Sudan.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary General and Head of UNMISS:
“We will continue to advocate at the highest levels of government to assume a greater responsibility to intervene in the protection of civilians, which includes humanitarians. For humanitarians, saving lives should not mean losing lives. With the appointment of a unified command, we expect to see greater coherence in responding to local conflicts across the country.”
Speaking of the Security Council’s decision to renew the UN Peacekeeping mission’s mandate in South Sudan until March 2023, the SRSG highlighted a significant addition to UNMISS’ ongoing peacekeeping, peacemaking, and peacebuilding efforts – electoral support.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary General and Head of UNMISS:
“Upon the invitation from the Government, the Mission stands ready to support the South Sudanese in elections and in building their political institutions. The holding and timing of elections will remain a sovereign decision for the people and leaders of South Sudan.”

Relatedly, Haysom listed vital areas that need to be addressed for all outstanding elements of the Peace Agreement to be implemented.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary General and Head of UNMISS:
“Now that the parties have reached agreement on the unified command structure, the way is open for a surge on other critical tasks which includes transitional justice; undertaking financial, legal and judicial reforms; and the constitution making process which is fundamental to defining the social contract will underpin national unity. UNMISS is committed to providing technical support, working with local organisations to encourage an understanding on the constitution making process and to ensure that the process is inclusive.”

With merely 10 months of the transitional period remaining, Haysom reiterated the urgent need for all parties, including non-signatories, to come together and fully implement the Revitalized Peace Agreement, so that the people of South Sudan can heal past scars and look forward to a peaceful, prosperous future.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary General and Head of UNMISS:
“When I briefed the Security Council in March, I reflected on the longstanding delays in implementing the peace agreement. I also stressed that a window of opportunity remains for South Sudan to complete its transition in accordance with the timeline set out in the Peace Agreement. That remains my view today, though the window is closing. Recent progress gives hope that the Government can accelerate implementation and make maximum use of the time left in the transitional period.”
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