GENEVA / SYRIA EGELAND DE MISTURA

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Of nearly 5 million Syrians living in besieged areas, only 564,000 have been reached with vital relief items so far this year -- that's far fewer people compared with the same period last year, the UN Special Advisor for Syria, Jan Egeland, said today in Geneva. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA/ SYRIA EGELAND DE MISTURA
TRT: 2:42
SOURCE: UNTV CH
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS
DATELINE: 20 APRIL 2017 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1. Exterior, Palais des Nations
2. Wide shot, press stakeout
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Jan Egeland, Special Advisor to the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria:
“30 percent less access to besieged areas, 35 percent more to hard to reach areas, I think it basically shows us the following: there is resources for relief in Syria, there are courageous humanitarian workers, there are trucks, we have ware houses, but the military logic is ruling on and for and in and around the besieged areas these days. We are not able to go there in too many of the areas.”
4. Close up, camera
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Jan Egeland, Special Advisor to the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria:
“Very many would like to see that these horrible murderers and terrorists are brought to justice. But we don’t know, I don’t know who did it. What we know that they disguised as a charity, it couldn’t have been worse.”
6. Close up, photographer
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Jan Egeland, Special Advisor to the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria:
“UN was not part of those negotiations, I know of no humanitarian organizations that were part of those talks. They seem to follow a military logic, they do not seem to put the civilians at the heart of the agreement, even though the civilians are affected, because the civilians are the greatest number of people evacuated in the end. What should an agreement of that kind consist of? Well, always consultations with the civilians, voluntary evacuation and evacuation to places of their free choosing. Then protection standards, safety standards. When we are not part of the agreement, we do not know whether these guarantees are there. We don’t even know were the civilians consulted and we do not know whether they are voluntary.”
8. Close up, journalist with iPhone
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy for Syria:
“The trilateral meeting is not taking place, but it is still on the table. And instead there will be a very intense bilateral meeting between the Russian Federation Deputy Foreign Minister and ourselves, because we definitely have many things to discuss with them.”
10. Wide shot, stakeout
11. Med shot, UN flag and ICRC building

STORYLINE:

Of nearly 5 million Syrians living in besieged areas, only 564,000 have been reached with vital relief items so far this year -- that's far fewer people compared with the same period last year, the UN Special Advisor for Syria, Jan Egeland, said today in Geneva.

The United Nations defines "besieged areas" as those surrounded by armed groups, where humanitarian aid cannot regularly enter, and where civilians, including the sick and wounded, cannot enter or exit.

These numbers contrasted sharply with increased humanitarian deliveries in the so-called "hard-to-reach areas" (which are defined as those not regularly accessible to humanitarian actors for the purpose of sustained humanitarian programming as a result of denial of access), in an indication, Egeland said, that a "military logic" is prevailing across Syria's besieged towns.

He added, “Thirty percent less access to besieged areas, thirty-five percent more to hard-to-reach areas, I think it basically shows us the following: there is resources for relief in Syria, there are courageous humanitarian workers, there are trucks, we have ware houses, but the military logic is ruling on and for and in and around the besieged areas these days, " Egeland said. " We are not able to go there in too many of the areas.”

Taking stock of the current situation in Syria, Egeland said that while the battle grounds shifted and the front lines changed, civilian suffering remained the same in 2017, adding that the 400,000 people of the besieged towns in the eastern Ghouta province need very urgent humanitarian relief.

Referring to the horrifying attack on a bus convoy with evacuees from the besieged towns of Fouah and Kefraya on April 15th, where more than 130 people were killed, Jan Egeland said, “Very many would like to see that these horrible murderers and terrorists are brought to justice. But we don’t know, I don’t know, who did it. What we know that they disguised as a charity, it couldn’t have been worse.”

These evacuations are part of a negotiated deal between the Syrian government and opposition groups, allowing some people to leave besieged areas. He said, “The UN was not part of those negotiations, I know of no humanitarian organizations that were part of those talks.”

Egeland added, "They seem to follow a military logic, they do not seem to put the civilians at the heart of the agreement, even though the civilians are affected, because the civilians are the greatest number of people evacuated in the end.”

He appealed to those countries who have some say in the evacuations to bring in experts on the protection of civilians, so that proper protection and safety standards could be observed.
At the same press encounter, the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, said that he would be meeting the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Gennady Gatilov, but that there would not be a trilateral meeting including the United States at this time.

De Mistura said, "The trilateral meeting is not taking place, but it is still on the table,” adding that “instead there will be a very intense bilateral meeting between the Russian Federation Deputy Foreign Minister and ourselves, because we definitely have many things to discuss with them.”
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