SOUTH SUDAN / UNIFIED FORCES GRADUATION

30-Aug-2022 00:04:19
It was a bright and sunny day in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, as dignitaries and communities came together to mark a long-awaited step forward in the ongoing peace process here—the graduation of the first batch of the Necessary Unified Forces. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / UNIFIED FORCES GRADUATION
TRT: 4:19
SOURCE: UNMISS
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/NATS

DATELINE: 30 AUGUST 2022, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN
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1. Various shots, graduation Ceremony of the Unifed Forces
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary General & Head of UNMISS:
“It is a pleasure and a privilege to be with you on this occasion of the graduation of the first batch of the Necessary Unified Forces, as a witness signatory of the Revitalized Agreement and a peace partner. The United Nations congratulates the parties and the Transitional Government for giving life to this commitment to create a single national defence apparatus under civilian government authority.”
3. Various shots, graduation Ceremony of the Unifed Forces
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary General & Head of UNMISS:
“A unified defence force is one of the most visible and meaningful expressions of national unity, especially in societies emerging from conflict. Its establishment will, on account of its inclusivity and diverse representation, symbolize the national identity of South Sudan, not a partial or regional or tribal mechanism. But the Necessary Unified Forces will not merely be an important symbol, it will be an active contributor to national peace.”
5. Various shots, graduation Ceremony of the Unifed Forces
6. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary General & Head of UNMISS:
“This is not the end of the process, but a new beginning. The graduation of the Necessary Unified Forces is an initial step in a complex but essential process of constructing a national army and other organized forces. It will require, as you are aware, a continued commitment by the Transitional Government.”
7. Various shots, graduation Ceremony of the Unifed Forces
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary General & Head of UNMISS:
“Since the signing of the Revitalized Agreement, the UN has provided support at various stages of implementing the transitional security arrangements: training, technical support, and logistical support. We will continue to offer support, including capacity-building of the police and other forces, and advising on the technicalities of security sector reform and a broader DDR process.”
9. Various shots, graduation Ceremony of the Unifed Forces
STORYLINE
It was a bright and sunny day in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, as dignitaries and communities came together to mark a long-awaited step forward in the ongoing peace process here—the graduation of the first batch of the Necessary Unified Forces.

A key benchmark contained within the Revitalized Peace Agreement of 2018, this development takes place on the heels of the agreement on a Roadmap by all parties on 3 August and is symbolic of a collective commitment to peace.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary General & Head of UNMISS
“It is a pleasure and a privilege to be with you on this occasion of the graduation of the first batch of the Necessary Unified Forces, as a witness signatory of the Revitalized Agreement and a peace partner. The United Nations congratulates the parties and the Transitional Government for giving life to this commitment to create a single national defence apparatus under civilian government authority.”

The graduation of the Necessary Unified Forces is an initial step in a complex but essential process of constructing a national army and other organized forces. Critically, it is vital to ensuring a durable peace in the world’s youngest nation.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary General & Head of UNMISS
“A unified defence force is one of the most visible and meaningful expressions of national unity, especially in societies emerging from conflict. Its establishment will, on account of its inclusivity and diverse representation, symbolize the national identity of South Sudan, not a partial or regional or tribal mechanism. But the Necessary Unified Forces will not merely be an important symbol, it will be an active contributor to national peace.”

The implementation of transitional security arrangements is the cornerstone upon which further meaningful steps—including a broader security sector transformation process, nation building, and sustainable development—can be taken. However, the momentum and political will displayed by all parties today, must be sustained according to the top UN envoy in the country.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary General & Head of UNMISS:
“This is not the end of the process, but a new beginning. The graduation of the Necessary Unified Forces is an initial step in a complex but essential process of constructing a national army and other organized forces. It will require, as you are aware, a continued commitment by the Transitional Government.”

Importantly, according to Mr. Haysom, graduating unified forces will ensure free, fair, peaceful elections take place and the South Sudanese people can finally express their will at the ballot boxes as well reduce cycles of violence and conflict. He pledged the UN family’s continued support to the people and government of South Sudan.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary General & Head of UNMISS
“Since the signing of the Revitalized Agreement, the UN has provided support at various stages of implementing the transitional security arrangements: training, technical support, and logistical support. We will continue to offer support, including capacity-building of the police and other forces, and advising on the technicalities of security sector reform and a broader DDR process.”

The meaningful event was attended by President of the Republic of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardiit; President of the Sovereignty Council of the Republic of Sudan, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan; President to the Republic of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni; and representatives of Member States from the region and the international community.
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