UN / SYRIA BARREL BOMBS

26-Jun-2015 00:02:29
A  UN Security Council member said today that the international community was saying to the Syrian government, “with a single voice: ‘stop the barrel bombing’.” UNIFEED UNTV
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DATELINE 26 JUNE 2015 NEW YORK
SHOTLIST
RECENT, NEW YORK

1. Exterior, UN Headquarters

26 JUNE 2015, NEW YORK

2. Wide shot, Corridor outside Security Council meeting room
3. SOUNDBITE (French) French Ambassador Francois Delattre:
“The indiscriminate attacks are unfortunately led by all the parties of the conflict but the massive utilization of barrel bombs by the regime is responsible for the majority of the civilian victims. This primitive method of warfare is unnatural, indiscriminate and inhuman.”
4. Med shot, reporters and photographers
5. SOUNDBITE (French) French Ambassador Francois Delattre:
“May 2015 has had the most deadliest month in Syria since the beginning of the conflict; the deadliest month of the deadliest conflict since the beginning of the 21st century.
6. Med shot, the speakers
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Ambassador Román Oyarzun Marchesi of Spain:
“And why did we have a full house? Well it is very simple: Because the international community is saying with a single voice, ‘stop barrel bombs’.”
8. Med shot, speakers
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Nadim Houry, of Human Rights Watch:
“What we are expecting, however, are not more words. We are expecting follow up measures. We would like to see sanctions being imposed on those ordering and actually deploying barrel bombs and other indiscrete attacks. And we would also like to see from civil society an arms embargo to all parties that are conducting indiscriminate attacks in a systematic way.”
10. Med shot, photographers
11 SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Bassam Al -Ahmad of the Center for Documentation of Violations in Syria:
“"We see the use of new types or developed explosive barrels, which is a cylinder of gas used locally to cook for the children, and we are also seeing now new types of explosive barrels loaded with chlorine gas.”
12. Med shot, reporters
13. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Raed Saleh, Syrian refugee
“We call on these countries to act outside of the Security Council, because as long as the issue is inside the Security Council there will be a State called Russia, which is a supporter of the Syria Regime politically, economically, and militarily. It provides it (the regime) with fuel for its planes; it provides it with parts for its helicopters which in their part drop the barrel bombs. Therefore it (Russia) is a culprit in this, in the blood of the Syrian people. It will not stand by the Syrian people because it is a partner in the blood being spilt in Syria.”
14. Wide shot, press conference
STORYLINE
A UN Security Council member said today that the international community was saying to the Syrian government, “with a single voice: ‘stop the barrel bombing’.”

After an informal council meeting, called to hear witness and expert testimony about the war, Ambassador Román Oyarzun Marchesi of Spain said the large meeting room was packed.

He said, “And why did we have a full house? Well it is very simple: Because the international community is saying with a single voice, ’stop barrel bombs’.”

French Ambassador Francois Delattre told a press conference after the meeting, “The indiscriminate attacks are unfortunately led by all the parties of the conflict but the massive utilization of barrel bombs by the regime is responsible for the majority of the civilian victims. This primitive method of warfare is unnatural, indiscriminate and inhuman.”

Nadim Houry, of Human Rights Watch who testified in the so-called “Arria formula” meeting of the council said his group demanded sanctions, not words.

He said, “What we are expecting, however, are not more words. We are expecting follow up measures. We would like to see sanctions being imposed on those ordering and actually deploying barrel bombs and other indiscrete attacks. And we would also like to see from civil society an arms embargo to all parties that are conducting indiscriminate attacks in a systematic way.”

According to the council web page, the Arria meetings are, “very informal, confidential gatherings which enable Security Council members to have a frank and private exchange of views.”

Expert witnesses to regularly scheduled meetings need to be formally approved by the council.

The process is named after Ambassador Diego Arria of Venezuela, who, as the representative of Venezuela on the Council initiated the practice in 1992.
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