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The UN Security Council expressed concern about “reports of excessive violence during the security operations” and called for “immediate steps” to end the violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 13 SEPTEMBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

13 SEPTEMBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY

2. Pan left, Ethiopian ambassador approaching stakeout
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Tekeda Alemu, Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the United Nations:
“The members of the Security Council expressed deep concern about the situation in Rakhine State. Acknowledging the initial on Myanmar Security Council on 25 August, they condemned the subsequent violence which has led to over 370,000 people being displaced.”
4. Wide shot, Ethiopian ambassador at stakeout
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Tekeda Alemu, Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the United Nations:
“They expressed concern about reports of excessive violence during the security operations and called for immediate steps to end the violence in Rakhine, de-escalate the situation, re-establish law and order, ensure the protection of civilians, restore normal socio-economic conditions, and resolve the refugee problem.”
6. Wide shot, Ethiopian ambassador at stakeout
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Tekeda Alemu, Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the United Nations:
“They noted the commitment made by the Government of Myanmar to provide humanitarian assistance to all displaced individuals without discrimination. They called on the Government of Myanmar to fulfil this commitment, facilitate humanitarian assistance to those in need in Rakhine State, and ensure the protection and safety of humanitarian actors.”
8. Wide shot, Ethiopian ambassador at stakeout
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Tekeda Alemu, Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the United Nations:
“The statement that I read out is what we have agreed. As I said at the beginning, the Security Council is seized with the matter and a number of issues and other concerns might be addressed as we proceed. For now, this is what we have agreed.”
10. Pan right, Ethiopian ambassador leaving stakeout

STORYLINE:

The UN Security Council expressed concern about “reports of excessive violence during the security operations” and called for “immediate steps” to end the violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

Speaking today (13 Sep) to reporters follow a closed meeting on the violence in Myanmar, Ethiopian ambassador Tekeda Alemu said, “Acknowledging the initial on Myanmar Security Council on 25 August, they condemned the subsequent violence which has led to over 370,000 people being displaced.” Alemu, whose country is currently presiding over the Security Council, said members agreed on the importance of finding a long-term solution to the situation in Rakhine State and called for the implementation of the recommendation of the advisory commission headed by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

The Security Council noted “the commitment made by the Government of Myanmar to provide humanitarian assistance to all displaced individuals without discrimination” called on the Govermnet to “fulfil this commitment, facilitate humanitarian assistance to those in need in Rakhine State, and ensure the protection and safety of humanitarian actors.”

Asked if the Security Council shared the view of Secretary-General António Guterres that military operations should be suspended in Rakhine State, Alemu said that the Council is “seized with the matter and a number of issues and other concerns might be addressed as we proceed; for now, this is what we have agreed.”
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