UN / SOUTH SUDAN SHEARER

05-Feb-2019 00:01:36
UN Special Representative for South Sudan David Shearer said the country “stands a real chance of moving forward” if the momentum behind the South Sudanese peace process can be maintained. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / SOUTH SUDAN SHEARER
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DATELINE: 05 FEBRUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

05 FEBRUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Pan right, Shearer walking to dais
3. Med shot, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan, United Nations:
“It’s important that we speak as one voice; we get in behind the peace process. There is only one peace process in town. It’s this one. And that we focus on trying to maintain that momentum and move the process forward. If we can do that, then I think South Sudan stands a real chance of moving forward. If I look back over four months ago, or five months ago, I would have said the chances of being where we are today was unlikely, and we’re here. And what I would like to be able to think that in five months from now, we will be at a better and different place than we are now along the positive road.”
5. Wide shot, press room
6. SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan, United Nations:
“Now there are some tricky issues still to be resolved. No peace agreement is ever perfect, but it’s an agreement that is there that we feel offers the best chance in a long while for moving South Sudan in the right direction. So, while we are very mindful of the problems that we might experience, we are cautiously optimistic that both sides are committed to going down that path, and if that happens it will make an enormous change to South Sudan.”
7. Wide shot, press room
STORYLINE
UN Special Representative for South Sudan David Shearer said the country “stands a real chance of moving forward” if the momentum behind the South Sudanese peace process can be maintained.

Speaking to reporters in New York today (05 Feb), Shearer said the September peace agreement reached between parties to the conflict in South Sudan resulted in a number of positive developments. He said opposition members were in Juba and participating in the peace process adding that many peace meetings were being organized by the UN mission (UNMISS) across the country.

Shearer added that fighting had diminished, and political violence dropped dramatically except in the southern part of the country. He also reported that a number of displaced people had in fact returned to their homes and others were expressing their desire to return. He noted that the success of the peace process would be somewhat measured by the return of displaced persons.

However, the Special Representative expressed concern that the momentum behind the peace agreement might slow as many peace meetings lacked concrete substance on the outcomes. He said his meetings with member states, especially Security Council members, revolved around maintaining the push for peace.

SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan, United Nations:
“It’s important that we speak as one voice; we get in behind the peace process. There is only one peace process in town. It’s this one. And that we focus on trying to maintain that momentum and move the process forward. If we can do that, then I think South Sudan stands a real chance of moving forward. If I look back over four months ago, or five months ago, I would have said the chances of being where we are today was unlikely, and we’re here. And what I would like to be able to think that in five months from now, we will be at a better and different place than we are now along the positive road.”

Asked by a reporter what had changed since the 2015 agreement, Shearer noted that both sides at that time had reservations to what they had agreed on, adding that the recent negotiations allowed the sides to agree on a basic framework for a way forward. He said the Government also controlled a large area of territory and there was also a massive push for peace by the people, which neither side could ignore.

Shearer admitted that there were “some tricky issues still to be resolved.” He said, “No peace agreement is ever perfect, but it’s an agreement that is there that we feel offers the best chance in a long while for moving South Sudan in the right direction. So, while we are very mindful of the problems that we might experience, we are cautiously optimistic that both sides are committed to going down that path, and if that happens it will make an enormous change to South Sudan.”
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