GENEVA / DE MISTURA EGELAND

05-Jan-2017 00:03:21
Upcoming talks on Syria in Astana, Kazakhstan could pave the way for the UN intra-Syrian talks planned for February, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura said in Geneva. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / DE MISTURA EGELAND
TRT: 03:21
SOURCE: UNTV CH
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 5 JANUARY 2017, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
SHOTLIST
RECENT, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1. Aerial shot, exterior Palais des Nations

5 JANUARY 2017, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. Wide shot, press stakeout
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy for Syria:
“We plan to attend, as it has been indicated, and we will contribute to it in order to hopefully make it a success and producing deliverables that we can use at the Geneva talks. We are preparing ourselves our February meeting and regardless of Astana and the meeting, but certainly we will take into account and hopefully make good use of any positive outcome that we hope will be coming from the Astana meeting.”
4. Med shot, journalists
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy for Syria:
“The Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and you will see it, will be, and we are delighted frankly, because that makes our job much easier, heavily and actively involved in the issue of Syria and its conflict.”
6. Med shot, journalists
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Jan Egeland, Special Advisor to the UN Special Envoy for Syria:
“5.5 million people have had their water supplies cut or minimized because of the springs of Wadi Barada which is just outside of Damascus, and account for 70 percent of water supplies, have been broken because of fighting, or because of sabotage, or because of both. We have asked to get there, to go there, to explore how to restore water supply to Damascus already it is dramatic the consequences, there are now emergency efforts to ensure that the schools, and hospitals and bakeries and other essential functions get water.”
8. Close up, journalist typing
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Jan Egeland, Special Advisor to the UN Special Envoy for Syria:
“To sabotage and to deny water is of course a war crime, because it is civilians who drink it and civilians who will be affected by water-borne diseases and other if it is not restored.”
10. Close up, photographer
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Jan Egeland, Special Advisor to the UN Special Envoy for Syria:
“We did reach close to 1.3 million people in cross frontline assistance in 2016. We reached
420, 000 people in besieged areas in 2016. We reached them with 131 land convoys, we did 170 air drops to Deir ez-Zor; the air drops programme organized by the World Food Programme is unique in the history of humanitarian work. I cannot recall this kind of high-altitude air drops being done for such a sustained period of time.”
12. Close up, typing

STORYLINE

Upcoming talks on Syria in Astana, Kazakhstan could pave the way for the UN intra-Syrian talks planned for February, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura said today (5 Jan) in Geneva.

De Mistura said “we plan to attend, as it has been indicated, and we will contribute to it in order to hopefully make it a success and producing deliverables that we can use at the Geneva talks.”

He added that “we are preparing ourselves our February meeting and regardless of Astana and the meeting, but certainly we will take into account and hopefully make good use of any positive outcome that we hope will be coming from the Astana meeting.”

The Astana talks convened by the Russian Federation and Turkey on settling the Syrian conflict may begin on January 23, provided that the cessation of hostilities holds in the war-torn country. Turkey and Russia brokered the Dec. 30 cessation of hostilities, and have pledged to open up access for aid agencies to deliver supplies across Syria.

De Mistura said UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who took office three days ago, will be “heavily and actively involved in the issue of Syria and its conflict.”

Regarding the water crisis that has left taps dry in the Syrian capital Damascus for nearly two weeks, Jan Egeland, Special Advisor to the UN Special Envoy for Syria, said that “5.5 million people have had their water supplies cut or minimized because of the springs of Wadi Barada which is just outside of Damascus, and account for 70 percent of water supplies, have been broken because of fighting, or because of sabotage, or because of both.”

Egeland added that “we have asked to get there, to go there, to explore how to restore water supply. To Damascus already it is dramatic the consequences, there are now emergency efforts to ensure that the schools, and hospitals and bakeries and other essential functions get water.”

Egeland said “to sabotage and to deny water is of course a war crime, because it is civilians who drink it and civilians who will be affected by water-borne diseases and other if it is not restored," and added that “some 30 percent of water supplies have been restored by various emergency efforts, like water was directed to public hospitals.

De Mistura’s humanitarian advisor also took stock of the year 2016.

He said “we did reach close to 1.3 million people in cross frontline assistance in 2016. We reached 420, 000 people in besieged areas in 2016. We reached them with 131 land convoys, we did 170 air drops to Deir ez-Zor; the air drops programme organized by the World Food Programme is unique in the history of humanitarian work. I cannot recall this kind of high-altitude air drops being done for such a sustained period of time.”

However, for the month of January, aid convoys have been denied access to five out of 20 locations, including places in rural Damascus and Homs.

The UN has received reports of the displacement of at least 7,0
STORYLINE
EVA / DE MISTURA EGELAND
TRT: 03:21
SOURCE: UNTV CH
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 5 JANUARY 2017, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

SHOTLIST:

RECENT, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1. Aerial shot, exterior Palais des Nations

5 JANUARY 2017, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. Wide shot, press stakeout
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy for Syria:
“We plan to attend, as it has been indicated, and we will contribute to it in order to hopefully make it a success and producing deliverables that we can use at the Geneva talks. We are preparing ourselves our February meeting and regardless of Astana and the meeting, but certainly we will take into account and hopefully make good use of any positive outcome that we hope will be coming from the Astana meeting.”
4. Med shot, journalists
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy for Syria:
“The Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and you will see it, will be, and we are delighted frankly, because that makes our job much easier, heavily and actively involved in the issue of Syria and its conflict.”
6. Med shot, journalists
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Jan Egeland, Special Advisor to the UN Special Envoy for Syria:
“5.5 million people have had their water supplies cut or minimized because of the springs of Wadi Barada which is just outside of Damascus, and account for 70 percent of water supplies, have been broken because of fighting, or because of sabotage, or because of both. We have asked to get there, to go there, to explore how to restore water supply to Damascus already it is dramatic the consequences, there are now emergency efforts to ensure that the schools, and hospitals and bakeries and other essential functions get water.”
8. Close up, journalist typing
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Jan Egeland, Special Advisor to the UN Special Envoy for Syria:
“To sabotage and to deny water is of course a war crime, because it is civilians who drink it and civilians who will be affected by water-borne diseases and other if it is not restored.”
10. Close up, photographer
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Jan Egeland, Special Advisor to the UN Special Envoy for Syria:
“We did reach close to 1.3 million people in cross frontline assistance in 2016. We reached
420, 000 people in besieged areas in 2016. We reached them with 131 land convoys, we did 170 air drops to Deir ez-Zor; the air drops programme organized by the World Food Programme is unique in the history of humanitarian work. I cannot recall this kind of high-altitude air drops being done for such a sustained period of time.”
12. Close up, typing

STORYLINE

Upcoming talks on Syria in Astana, Kazakhstan could pave the way for the UN intra-Syrian talks planned for February, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura said today (5 Jan) in Geneva.

De Mistura said “we plan to attend, as it has been indicated, and we will contribute to it in order to hopefully make it a success and producing deliverables that we can use at the Geneva talks.”

He added that “we are preparing ourselves our February meeting and regardless of Astana and the meeting, but certainly we will take into account and hopefully make good use of any positive outcome that we hope will be coming from the Astana meeting.”

The Astana talks convened by the Russian Federation and Turkey on settling the Syrian conflict may begin on January 23, provided that the cessation of hostilities holds in the war-torn country. Turkey and Russia brokered the Dec. 30 cessation of hostilities, and have pledged to open up access for aid agencies to deliver supplies across Syria.

De Mistura said UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who took office three days ago, will be “heavily and actively involved in the issue of Syria and its conflict.”

Regarding the water crisis that has left taps dry in the Syrian capital Damascus for nearly two weeks, Jan Egeland, Special Advisor to the UN Special Envoy for Syria, said that “5.5 million people have had their water supplies cut or minimized because of the springs of Wadi Barada which is just outside of Damascus, and account for 70 percent of water supplies, have been broken because of fighting, or because of sabotage, or because of both.”

Egeland added that “we have asked to get there, to go there, to explore how to restore water supply. To Damascus already it is dramatic the consequences, there are now emergency efforts to ensure that the schools, and hospitals and bakeries and other essential functions get water.”

Egeland said “to sabotage and to deny water is of course a war crime, because it is civilians who drink it and civilians who will be affected by water-borne diseases and other if it is not restored," and added that “some 30 percent of water supplies have been restored by various emergency efforts, like water was directed to public hospitals.

De Mistura’s humanitarian advisor also took stock of the year 2016.

He said “we did reach close to 1.3 million people in cross frontline assistance in 2016. We reached 420, 000 people in besieged areas in 2016. We reached them with 131 land convoys, we did 170 air drops to Deir ez-Zor; the air drops programme organized by the World Food Programme is unique in the history of humanitarian work. I cannot recall this kind of high-altitude air drops being done for such a sustained period of time.”

However, for the month of January, aid convoys have been denied access to five out of 20 locations, including places in rural Damascus and Homs.

The UN has received reports of the displacement of at least 7,000 people from Syria’s Wadi Barada area due to recent fighting that also resulted in the cut-off since 22 December as the main source of water for Damascus and its suburbs.
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