SOUTH SUDAN / SRSG HAYSOM PRESSER

28-Sep-2022 00:02:45
Having just returned to Juba after briefing the UN Security Council in New York on the progress being made in South Sudan, the UNMISS Special Representative of the Secretary General spoke to the media in the capital, Juba. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / SRSG HAYSOM PRESSER
TRT: 02:45
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGES: ENGLISH

DATELINE: 28 SEPTEMBER 2022, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot, OTS, UNMISS SRSG and table of Journalists
2. Wide shot, UNMISS SRSG and table of Journalists with camera in foreground
3. Med shot, UNMISS SRSG and UNMISS Spokesperson
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative Of The Secretary General, Unmiss:
“Firstly, South Sudanese leaders have produced a Roadmap which extends the transition for two-years and provides feasible timelines to implement the essential benchmarks of the peace process, which in turn will lead to free, fair, and credible elections in December 2024. It is an important development demonstrating consensus among the key signatories on the way forward, through a South Sudan-owned process. We hope it will serve to recommit the parties to the objectives and goals set out in the peace agreement.”
5. Med shot, male Journalist
6. Med shot, two Male Journalists
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative Of The Secretary General, Unmiss:
“The President and the First Vice-President have managed to resolve the Parliamentary impasse, which will enable the Transitional National Legislature to consider important laws and bills that are critical for reforms contemplated by the peace agreement. These are necessary for the establishment of the institutions which the UN can support and will create the conditions for prosperity and democracy.”
8. Med shot, male Journalist in background asking a question
9. Close up, male Journalist asking a question
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative Of The Secretary General, Unmiss:
“UNMISS is trying to create zones of protection in conflict hotspots within our means and capacity. For example, last month, an integrated peace team led by UNMISS visited Ikotos, Eastern Equatoria, to meet with community leaders. They began a process of seeking common ground through dialogue following a series of cattle raids and clashes between local communities and some national security forces.”
11. Med shot, male Journalist in foreground asking question
12. Med shot, male Journalist asking a question
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative Of The Secretary General, Unmiss:
“Let me reaffirm that UNMISS, together with regional partners, notably the African Union and IGAD, and the international community, will continue to support the parties in fulfilling their obligations to the people of South Sudan.”
14. Wide shot, SRSG seated while journalists collect microphones and recorders
STORYLINE
Having just returned to Juba after briefing the UN Security Council in New York on the progress being made in South Sudan, the UNMISS Special Representative of the Secretary General spoke to the media in the capital, Juba.

In his briefing, he said that he highlighted the fact that three recent significant developments in the implementation of the Revitalized Peace Agreement have been made.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative Of The Secretary General, Unmiss:
“Firstly, South Sudanese leaders have produced a Roadmap which extends the transition for two-years and provides feasible timelines to implement the essential benchmarks of the peace process, which in turn will lead to free, fair, and credible elections in December 2024. It is an important development demonstrating consensus among the key signatories on the way forward, through a South Sudan-owned process. We hope it will serve to recommit the parties to the objectives and goals set out in the peace agreement.”

The Roadmap will enable the United Nations to provide support to the South Sudanese in at least two of the critical processes required before elections can be held. One is the preparations for elections itself and the other is the drafting of a new constitution.

The second significant development was the graduation of the first batch of the Necessary Unified Forces. This is an important part of the security arrangements in the Peace Agreement and is ongoing with more batches to be graduated in the upcoming weeks.

The third significant development was the resolution of the impasse between the President and the First Vice President.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative Of The Secretary General, Unmiss:
“The President and the First Vice-President have managed to resolve the Parliamentary impasse, which will enable the Transitional National Legislature to consider important laws and bills that are critical for reforms contemplated by the peace agreement. These are necessary for the establishment of the institutions which the UN can support and will create the conditions for prosperity and democracy.”

Even with these positive developments, intercommunal conflict continues to fuel repeated cycles of violence. These have the potential to erode the gains made towards sustaining peace across South Sudan.

Most recently, the fighting between SPLM/A-IO opposition forces and the Kitgwang and Agwelek factions has displaced thousands of people within Upper Nile, to Jonglei, Unity states, and parts of Sudan. Over 14,000 have been displaced and sought refuge at the Malakal Protection of Civilians (POC) site. The SRSG spoke about how the UN Mission is working with local officials to stem the violence and prevent any outbreaks within the overcrowded POC site meanwhile creating ‘Zones of Protection’ inside hotspot areas in which UNMISS integrated teams will go and meet with local communities that are affected.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative Of The Secretary General, Unmiss:
“UNMISS is trying to create zones of protection in conflict hotspots within our means and capacity. For example, last month, an integrated peace team led by UNMISS visited Ikotos, Eastern Equatoria, to meet with community leaders. They began a process of seeking common ground through dialogue following a series of cattle raids and clashes between local communities and some national security forces.”

The UN Mission is redoubling efforts by engaging national political stakeholders and partners, including non-signatories and civil society at the national level, at the regional level, The SRSG engaged with principal actors during his visit to Khartoum on his way to New York to update them on developments and to galvanize support for the peace process. He told them that; the Roadmap provides a fresh opportunity to align their efforts and provided an that should be utilized wisely and effectively.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative Of The Secretary General, Unmiss:
“Let me reaffirm that UNMISS, together with regional partners, notably the African Union and IGAD, and the international community, will continue to support the parties in fulfilling their obligations to the people of South Sudan.”
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