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Peace and development were top of the agenda at a meeting between the President of the UN General Assembly, Dennis Francis, and South Sudan’s President, Salva Kiir Mayardit, on day two of his visit to Juba. UNMISS
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TITLE: UNMISS / SOUTH SUDAN FRANCIS KIIR
TRT: 03:14
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 13 JUNE, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

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1. Various shots, UNGA President meets President Salva Kiir Mayardit
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Dennis Francis, President, General Assembly, United Nations:
“What I have discovered in South Sudan is a country with great ambition and pride, people who are devoted to the future of this country, but who clearly need to have the support of the international community and the UN in order to walk the road and help and support them in their quest to make this country strong, democratic, free, successful and progressive. And it is my hope that, as time goes by, the international community will understand better the challenges confronted by this country, the distance that needs to be travelled in laying down the foundations for a fully functioning, progressive economy and society, which is so much within the desire of the people of this country.”
3. Various shots, UNGA President meets President Salva Kiir Mayardit
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Lomoro, Minister of Cabinet Affairs, South Sudan:
“Many times, we have been judged by people who have never been to South Sudan and many times they have been biased in many things. But we have kept our strong relationship with the UN and will continue to do that because we believe they are here for a mission and, as the UN declares that everyone should be involved in development and no one should be left behind, we believe that working with them at some point will be a change for the positive.”
5. Various shots, presser with civil society group
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Dennis Francis, President, General Assembly, United Nations:
“I am very impressed with them. Very articulate, very self-assured, very motivated, care deeply about their country, want to make a contribution, experience the frustration that most young people experience in that things are not moving fast enough, but definitely anxious to create a new society that is just, democratic, fair, successful and progressive, and they deserve our support.”
7. Various shots, presser with university students

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Peace and development were top of the agenda at a meeting between the President of the UN General Assembly, Dennis Francis, and South Sudan’s President, Salva Kiir Mayardit, on day two of his visit to Juba.

The high-level discussions focused on strengthening cooperation as well as support for the full implementation of the peace agreement.

Francis said it was clear the government has an ambition to create a strong, successful and progressive nation but more international support is needed to ensure the people of South Sudan can enjoy the benefits of peace, progress and development.

SOUNDBITE (English) Dennis Francis, President, General Assembly, United Nations: 
“What I have discovered in South Sudan is a country with great ambition and pride, people who are devoted to the future of this country, but who clearly need to have the support of the international community and the UN in order to walk the road and help and support them in their quest to make this country strong, democratic, free, successful and progressive. And it is my hope that, as time goes by, the international community will understand better the challenges confronted by this country, the distance that needs to be travelled in laying down the foundations for a fully functioning, progressive economy and society, which is so much within the desire of the people of this country.”

The minister of cabinet affairs, Martin Lomoro, said president Kiir had conveyed a serious message to the un of hope and determination, and called on the UN to remain committed to helping South Sudan. In return, South Sudan had confirmed its commitment to work with the un and other international partners to secure a peaceful and prosperous future.

SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Lomoro, Minister of Cabinet Affairs, South Sudan: 
“Many times, we have been judged by people who have never been to South Sudan and many times they have been biased in many things. But we have kept our strong relationship with the UN and will continue to do that because we believe they are here for a mission and, as the UN declares that everyone should be involved in development and no one should be left behind, we believe that working with them at some point will be a change for the positive.”

The talks come at a challenging time for the country with slow progress in meeting critical benchmarks in the peace deal ahead of elections, a deteriorating economic situation, dire levels of humanitarian need, and experts predicting extreme flooding in the coming months.

President Francis discussed these difficulties with other key stakeholders, including UN women peacekeepers and South Sudanese peacemakers. He stressed the importance of their full, meaningful, and equal participation in security, political, and peace processes.

He described civil society as the backbone of any thriving democracy and essential to promoting social cohesion, reconciliation and inclusive development.

SOUNDBITE (English) Dennis Francis, President, General Assembly, United Nations: 
“I am very impressed with them. Very articulate, very self-assured, very motivated, care deeply about their country, want to make a contribution, experience the frustration that most young people experience in that things are not moving fast enough, but definitely anxious to create a new society that is just, democratic, fair, successful and progressive, and they deserve our support.”  

During discussions with women representatives from civil society, President Francis stressed the importance of women’s full, equal and meaningful participation in political and peace processes in South Sudan.

During a meeting with university students, he also recognized the critical importance of youth in helping to heal the wounds of South Sudan’s troubled past and build a better future.

He urged them to continue all efforts as youth ambassadors for peace to heal the wounds of the past and build a brighter future for their communities and country.

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