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22-Dec-2016 00:02:20
The UN said that the protection of civilians remains the biggest concern in eastern Aleppo and that the evacuation process has been traumatic, with crowding and vulnerable people waiting for hours, exposed to sub-zero temperatures. Meanwhile on Wednesday, the General Assembly adopted a resolution establishing a mechanism to assist in the investigation of serious crimes committed in Syria since 2011. UNIFEED
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 21, 22 DECEMBER 2016, NEW YORK CITY
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RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

22 DECEMBER 2016, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Spokesperson Farhan Haq at the podium
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General:
“Evacuations escorted by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and the International Committee of the Red Cross continued overnight and continued throughout today from besieged neighbourhoods in eastern Aleppo. While operations are ongoing, the evacuation is believed to be in its final stage. The UN estimates that thousands more remain in eastern Aleppo enclaves. Since last night, UN monitors at the Ramouseh Government checkpoint in Aleppo observed thousands of people departing from eastern Aleppo mainly in private vehicles that struggled to advance due to a snow storm and sub-zero temperatures.”
4. Wide shot, Haq at the podium
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General:
“Protection of civilians leaving these areas remains the biggest concern. The process for evacuation was traumatic, with crowding, and vulnerable people waiting for hours and exposed to sub-zero temperatures. All remaining civilians must be allowed to safely leave should they choose to do so. Access to people in need to provide them with life-saving humanitarian assistance is also urgently needed.”
6. Wide shot, end of presser

21 DECEMBER 2016, NEW YORK CITY

7. Wide shot, General Assembly
8. Various shots, voting board
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Bashar Ja'afari, Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations:
“I do not respect the legal advisors in this room. They cheated; they conceived all the members’ states many times in their twisted rulings over delicate matters. They did it in a matter of months, three times. In one time I was obliged to circulate an official letter addressed to the Secretary-General complaining about the irresponsibility of the so-called legal advisors in this international organization.”
10. Wide shot, GA
STORYLINE
The United Nations (UN) today (22 Dec) said that evacuations continued overnight and throughout today from besieged neighbourhoods in eastern Aleppo. The evacuation is believed to be “in its final stage.”

Speaking to reporters in New York, spokesperson Farhan Haq said “the UN estimates that thousands more remain in eastern Aleppo enclaves.” Since last night, he said, “UN monitors at the Ramouseh Government checkpoint in Aleppo observed thousands of people departing from eastern Aleppo mainly in private vehicles that struggled to advance due to a snow storm and sub-zero temperatures.”

Haq stressed that the protection of civilians remains “the biggest concern” and said the evacuation process has been “traumatic, with crowding and vulnerable people waiting for hours, exposed to sub-zero temperatures.”
Meanwhile on Wednesday, the General Assembly voted to establish an independent panel to assist in the investigation and prosecution of those responsible for war crimes or crimes against humanity in Syria.

In a resolution adopted late yesterday by a recorded vote of 105 in favour and 15 against, with 52 abstentions, the Assembly decided to set up what will be formally known as the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism to Assist in the Investigation and Prosecution of Those Responsible for the Most Serious Crimes under International Law Committed in Syria since March 2011, under the auspices of the UN.

Syrian Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari disputed the legality of the resolution being brought to a vote. He said he does “not respect the legal advisors in this room” as they have “cheated” member states “many times in their twisted rulings over delicate matters.”

The Mechanism, in close cooperation with the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria (established by the UN Human Rights Council in August 2011) will collect, consolidate, preserve and analyse evidence pertaining to violations and abuses of human rights and humanitarian law.
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