UN / SOUTH SUDAN SHEARER

26-Jun-2020 00:02:25
UN Special Representative David Shearer said the country was at a very low period in terms of progress on the peace process and emphasized that what is need “is a unity government functioning as a unity government and not as a series of parties in one administration." UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / SOUTH SUDAN SHEARER
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DATELINE: 26 JUNE 2020, NEW YORK CITY
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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, United Nations headquarters exterior

JUNE 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
"We have health centres right across the country. They treat preventable diseases like diarrhoea malaria, help with childbirth, etcetera. If those centres close, the risk is that the death rate will be higher than that which we are projecting on COVID-19. And that is taking a lesson out of the playbook of Ebola on the west coast of Africa, where about 11,000 people died there, but far more died from preventable diseases so while we don't have a cure for COVID-19 we must, must keep those health centres open."
3. Close up, UN spokesperson
4. SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
"And that gap if you like or that vacuum has allow a really high increase in sub-national conflict and violence. Now, a lot of this is between ethnic groups, but more and more we are seeing uniform personnel joining in and our worry is that the ceasefire that has been holding since the end of 2018 will start to falter and unravel as this continues to get out of control."
5. Close up, journalist asking question
6. SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
"I want to emphasize that what we need to see is a unity government functioning as a unity government and not as a series of parties in one administration."
7. Close up, journalist asking question
8. SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
"That has not progressed as well as we would like. A number of people are stuck in training sites, and they are starting to run short on supplies. And we are starting to see young fighters, if you like, walking away from them because they are simply not being fed, or they don't have supplies there. And that is worrying as well. And in a couple of areas in South Sudan we're seeing an uptick in criminal activity which we are putting down to some of these people who are desperate but have a gun, and obviously they present a real problem."

FILE – NEW YORK CITY

9. Close up, UN flag outside headquarters
STORYLINE
UN Special Representative David Shearer said the country was at a very low period in terms of progress on the peace process and emphasized that what is need “is a unity government functioning as a unity government and not as a series of parties in one administration."

Shearer said South Sudan was facing very steeply increasing rate of COVID-19 cases. He reported that of the 10,000 tests, some 2,000 were positive case were identified, including 40 deaths but noted that the expectations is that the number higher than that.

The Special Representative said he was obviously worried about spread of the disease but was also worried about making sure that the UN and humanitarian agencies’ work can continue without disruption.

SOUNDBITE (English) David Shearer, Special Representative of Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS):
"We have health centres right across the country. They treat preventable diseases like diarrhoea, malaria, help with childbirth etcetera. If those centres close, the risk is that the death rate will be higher than that which we are projecting on COVID-19. And that is taking a lesson out of the playbook of Ebola on the west coast of Africa, where about 11,000 people died there, but far more died from preventable diseases so while we don't have a cure for COVID-19 we must, must keep those health centres open."

Shearer told reporters that there had been 54 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), leading to the death of one person.

The Special Representative said South Sudan was at a low period in terms of progress on peace. HE said while parties on the allocation of States among them, Governors had not yet been appointed.

He said the “vacuum” created by this “has allow a really high increase in sub-national conflict and violence. Now, a lot of this is between ethnic groups, but more and more we are seeing uniform personnel joining in and our worry is that the ceasefire that has been holding since the end of 2018 will start to falter and unravel as this continues to get out of control."

Responding to a question about the integration of irregular forces, Shearer said a number of forces were transfer into training sites to be unified with the South Sudanese military, but this has not progressed as well as UNMISS would like. He said, “A number of people are stuck in training sites, and they are starting to run short on supplies. And we are starting to see young fighters, if you like, walking away from them because they are simply not being fed, or they don't have supplies there. And that is worrying as well. And in a couple of areas in South Sudan we're seeing an uptick in criminal activity which we are putting down to some of these people who are desperate but have a gun, and obviously they present a real problem."

The Special Representative said UNMISS stepped in on a case by case basis to provide supplies to some of the training sites where peace and security are being affected. However, he stressed that this was a job for the national unity government and not the peacekeeping mission and as such UNMISS did not want to establish this as a rule moving forward.
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