UN / SYRIA

16-Sep-2015 00:02:38
The United Nations humanitarian chief today urged the Security Council to find a political solution to end the conflict in Syria, warning its members that the fighting had created one of the largest refugee exoduses since the Second World War. UNIFEED-UNTV
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STORY: UN / SYRIA
TRT: 02:38
SOURCE: UNIFEED-UNTV
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /ARABIC /NATS
DATELINE: 16 SEPTEMBER 2015, NEW YORK CITY
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16 SEPTEMBER 2015, NEW YORK CITY

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3. Med shot, president banging gavel
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5. SOUNDBITE (Englilsh) Stephen O'Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“Over the past month, violence has continued throughout the country. There has been no reduction in the appalling patterns of violations of international humanitarian law and human rights law. Indiscriminate attacks, including with explosive weapons, continue to cause widespread death and destruction.”
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7. SOUNDBITE (Englilsh) Stephen O'Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“Between 17 and 26 August, Government forces repeatedly attacked residential areas in Douma, rural Damascus, killing at least 90 civilians and wounding nearly 300 more. Meanwhile, in the last week of August, non-State armed groups launched hundreds of shells on civilian-populated areas of Damascus and rural Damascus, killing at least 20 civilians and injuring many more, while yesterday, shelling by non-State armed groups on civilian populated areas of Aleppo killed at least 33 people, including women and children, and injured over 150 more people.”
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9. SOUNDBITE (Englilsh) Stephen O'Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“While we are reaching a significant number of people, we are still unable to deliver sufficient quantities of aid to people in the hardest-to-reach areas. Fighting and insecurity hamper our ability to respond.”
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11. SOUNDBITE (Englilsh) Stephen O'Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“As the plight of Syrian refugees desperately trying to reach Europe in recent weeks has shown, the effects of the Syria crisis are not just national or regional, but global in nature. The conflict in Syria has propelled one of the largest refugee exodus since the Second World War. These refugees are fleeing for their lives from war and violence and have a right to seek asylum without any form of discrimination.”
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13. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Bashar Ja'afari, Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations:
“Stop the support for terrorists, stop the economic sanctions, stop the Turkish, Jordanian, Qatari’s interventions in our internal affairs, stop training so called moderate terrorist opposition and then the situation will be conductive to political settlement. And the Syrian government is open to such a discourse.”
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STORYLINE
The United Nations humanitarian chief today urged the Security Council to find a political solution to end the conflict in Syria, warning its members that the fighting had created one of the largest refugee exoduses since the Second World War.

The UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien said “there has been no reduction in the appalling patterns of violations of international humanitarian law and human rights law” during the month of August.

Government forces, he said, had repeatedly attacked residential areas during between 17 and 26 August. During the last week of August, non-State armed groups had launched hundreds of shells, killing at least 20 civilians.

He also outlined the current state of humanitarian aid delivery in Syria, warning that the UN and non-governmental partners were still unable to deliver sufficient quantities of aid to the hardest-to-reach areas of the country.

Lack of funding continues to be a major challenge for the UN. USD 738 million is needed to fund essential life-saving operations until the end of 2015.

The Under-Secretary-General also addressed the plight of Syrian refugees in Europe, saying “the effects of the Syria crisis are not just national or regional, but global in nature.”

He urged the member states to come to refugees’ assistance saying “these refugees are fleeing for their lives from war and violence and have a right to seek asylum without any form of discrimination.”

Speaking also at the Council, Bashar Ja'afari, the Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations said “stop the support for terrorists, stop the economic sanctions, stop the Turkish, Jordanian, Qatari’s interventions in our internal affairs, stop training so called moderate terrorist opposition and then the situation will be conductive to political settlement. And the Syrian government is open to such a discourse.”
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