GENEVA / DE MISTURA WRAP

09-Mar-2016 00:02:48
UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura announced plans to launch substantive intra-Syrian talks between the Syrian government and opposition representatives on Monday, 14 March and said the talks will focus on the core issues of governance, elections within 18 months and a new constitution.. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / DE MISTURA WRAP
TRT: 02:48
SOURCE: UNTV CH
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 9 MARCH 2016 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / RECENT
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1. Exterior, Palais des Nations

9 MARCH 2016 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. Various shots, task force meeting
3. Wide shot, press stakeout
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Staffan de Mistura, United Nations (UN) Special Envoy for Syria:
“The issue about the ceasefire and the humanitarian, in theory and we hope in practice, should not be addressed by the talks, because we do have the two taskforces who are going to be simultaneously addressing those. And therefore taking away the alibi in a way of those who may want only to talk about ceasefire and forgetting that at the end of the day, ceasefire and humanitarian aid alone are not a solution. The solution is a political transition in Syria”.
5. Wide shot, journalists
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Jan Egeland, Special Advisor to the UN Special Envoy for Syria:
“We have been or will be able to reach a clear majority of besieged areas and we believe a clear majority of people in besieged areas soon. The bad news is that we still have not reached 6 important besieged areas, including Daraa and Douma. That is the tasks that were given to the members of the taskforce- homework as we call it in the taskforce. We need to have permits, we need to have security guarantees to be able to go also to those places covering all of the 18 besieged areas.”
7. Wide shot, panellists
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Yacoub El Hillo, UNDP (United Nations Development Program) Resident Representative for the Syrian Arab Republic: “Looking at the horizon between now and the end of April, we are aiming to reach 870,000 people in hard to reach areas, but also the specific locations in besieged areas that we have so far not been able to reach”.
10. Med shot, cameramen
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Yacoub El Hillo, UNDP Resident Representative for the Syrian Arab Republic:
“The momentum has come as a result of the outcome of Munich, the work of the taskforce, is creating additional space for us to do more and to do better, particularly with regards to people in hard to reach areas and besieged areas. But we should not really be focusing on that, let’s remember there is a bigger picture where millions of people are reached every month with food, with medical supplies, with winter support, with shelter support, with education support, water and sanitation and protection and so on and so forth”.
12. Wide shot, journalists
STORYLINE
Speaking at a press conference in Geneva, the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, today (09 Mar) announced plans to launch substantive intra-Syrian talks between the Syrian government and opposition representatives on Monday, 14 March.

According to the Special Envoy, the talks will focus on the core issues of governance, elections within 18 months and a new constitution. The present round would not run beyond 24 March, after which there would be a break before resuming.

Staffan de Mistura clarified that “the issue about the ceasefire and the humanitarian, in theory and we hope in practice, should not be addressed by the talks, because we do have the two taskforces who are going to be simultaneously addressing those. And therefore taking away the alibi in a way of those who may want only to talk about ceasefire and forgetting that at the end of the day, ceasefire and humanitarian aid alone are not a solution. The solution is a political transition in Syria.”

The Special Envoy also said that Syria's cessation of hostilities is open-ended in the view of the United Nations, countering those who maintain that the truce needs renewing after the initial two weeks, which are about to expire.

According to his Special Advisor Jan Egeland, the pause in the fighting has allowed major aid deliveries to the besieged areas. He said “we have been or will be able to reach a clear majority of besieged areas and we believe a clear majority of people in besieged areas soon. The bad news is that we still have not reached 6 important besieged areas, including Daraa and Douma. That is the tasks that were given to the members of the taskforce-homework as we call it in the taskforce. We need to have permits, we need to have security guarantees to be able to go also to those places covering all of the 18 besieged areas.”

Yacoub El Hillo, the UNDP Resident Representative for the Syrian Arab Republic, informed the press about the new goal in humanitarian assistance: “Looking at the horizon between now and the end of April, we are aiming to reach 870,000 people in hard to reach areas, but also the specific locations in besieged areas that we have so far not been able to reach.”

Based in Damascus, Yacoub El Hillo reported that the changes in people’s lives can be seen since the cessation of hostilities. ” Since the beginning of this crisis, the United Nations and our partners have been hard at work, delivering aid every day to millions of Syrians in the country, and that continues. So the momentum has come as a result of the outcome of Munich, the work of the taskforce, is creating additional space for us to do more and to do better, particularly with regards to people in hard to reach areas and besieged areas. But we should not really be focusing on that, let’s remember there is a bigger picture where millions of people are reached every month with food, with medical supplies, with winter support, with shelter support, with education support, water and sanitation and protection and so on and so forth.”

The UN in Syria is working with over 300 humanitarian partners including non-governmental organisations (local and international), the Syria Arab Red Crescent (SARC) as well as with local communities that are facilitating and reporting the humanitarian assistance to the Syrian population.
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