UN / SYRIA RESOLUTION

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The United Nations (UN) Security Council unanimously adopted resolution calling for a cessation of hostilities and a grant for access to humanitarian workers to ease the suffering of the people in Syria. UNIFEED-UNTV
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DATELINE: 26 FEBRUARY 2016, NEW YORK CITY /RECENT

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RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations headquarters

26 FEBRUARY 2016, NEW YORK CITY

2. Various shots, Security Council vote
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephan de Mistura, Special Envoy for Syria, United Nations
“Saturday will be critical, tomorrow, in fact, from midnight. No doubt there will be no shortage of attempts to undermine this process. We are ready for it and we should not be pressed, and address it realising it is part of the cessation of hostilities.”
4. Wide shot, Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephan de Mistura, Special Envoy for Syria, United Nations
“We are now at a crossroads and we have the possibility to turn the page in the Syrian conflict after almost 5 years of one of the bloodiest conflicts in recent years. It is potentially, a historic junction, to bring an end to the killing and destruction and to start a new life and new hope for the Syrians.”
6. Wide shot, Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Samantha Power, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations:
“This resolution endorses a set of practical concrete steps along with terms to which the parties to the conflict much commit to reduce the violence and create space for a long overdue political transition.”
8. Various shots, delegates
9. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Gennady Gatilov, Deputy Foreign Minister, Russian Federation:
“We hope the UN will be impartial and principled in its support of this process and we hope that the Special Envoy Mr. Stephan de Mistura will play a very constructive role.”
10. Wide shot, Council

STORYLINE:

The United Nations (UN) Security Council unanimously adopted resolution Friday (26 Feb) calling for a cessation of hostilities and a grant for access to humanitarian workers to ease the suffering of the people in Syria.

The resolution, which takes effect at midnight, Damascus time, comes after five years of conflict and includes all parties to the conflict excluding Daesh and Jahbat an-Nusra.

Addressing delegates in the Council from Geneva, the UN special envoy for Syria Stephan de Mistura said that “Saturday will be critical” and added that “no doubt there will be no shortage of attempts to undermine this process.”

De Mistura said “we are ready for it and we should not be pressed, and address it realising it is part of the cessation of hostilities.”

The Special Envoy said “we are now at a crossroads and we have the possibility to turn the page in the Syrian conflict after almost 5 years of one of the bloodiest conflicts in recent years. It is potentially, a historic junction, to bring an end to the killing and destruction and to start a new life and new hope for the Syrians.”

Following the unanimous vote, US ambassador Samantha Power said that “this resolution endorses a set of practical concrete steps along with terms to which the parties to the conflict much commit to reduce the violence and create space for a long overdue political transition.”

For his part, Russian Ambassador Gennady Gatilov expressed said he hoped that the United Nations “will be impartial and principled in its support of this process.”

De Mistura announced that the Intra-Syrian talks will begin again on 7 March.
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