GENEVA / SYRIA STAKEOUT

17-Aug-2017 00:03:08
In a press conference today (17 Aug) at the United Nations in Geneva, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura informed about next possible steps of new negotiations between the Syrian government and the yet to be formed unified Syrian opposition. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / SYRIA STAKEOUT
TRT: 3:08
SOURCE: UNTV CH
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 17 AUGUST 2017 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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1. Wide shot, exterior, Palais des Nations
2. Wide shot, press stakeout
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy for Syria:
”You will have Astana probably end of August, you will have early September the Holy Eid, then you will have possibly the Geneva talks if we feel the timing and the appropriate moment is there, then you will have the General Assembly which is a period which is taking place just between the 18th September onward where very likely there will be a discussion and quite at a high level regarding the next steps about Syria”.
4. Med shot, journalists
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy for Syria:
“October is going to be crucial and early November. We are having developments likely to take place in Ar-Raqqa where the liberation of Raqqa hopefully will be proceeding, around Deir ez-Zor and then the big issue about the future of Idlib which all three of them have a strong implication on what can happen on the humanitarian side”.
6. Med shot, spokesperson and journalist
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Jan Egeland, Special Advisor to the UN Special Envoy for Syria:
“It is been a year of extraordinary for the civilians of Syria. They suffered under a trench warfare for years, battle zones, front lines were frozen. This year has seen enormous shifts: Aleppo is now a place where people can return to, Homs is generally quiet, there has been however intensive fighting in Daraa in the south and has been in Eastern Ghouta next to Damascus”.
8. Med shot, journalists
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Jan Egeland, Special Advisor to the UN Special Envoy for Syria:
“The worst place probably today in Syria is the part of Ar-Raqqa city that is still hold by so called Islamic State. We reckon that there will be 20 or 25, 000 civilians there, they are encircled by the SDF fighters and they are seemingly used as human shields by the Islamic State. There is constant air raids by the coalition”.
10. Close up, photographer
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Jan Egeland, Special Advisor to the UN Special Envoy for Syria: “The toll has been enormous for humanitarian workers: 21 UN staff have been killed in this war, 65 staff members and volunteers from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, 8 staff members and volunteers of the Palestinian Red Crescent Societies and many more from non-governmental organisations, 7 white helmets volunteers killed last week”.
12. Med shot, journalists
STORYLINE
In a press conference today (17 Aug) at the United Nations in Geneva, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura informed about next possible steps of new negotiations between the Syrian government and the yet to be formed unified Syrian opposition.

Speaking to journalists in the Swiss city the Syria Envoy said that ”you will have Astana probably end of August, you will have early September the Holy Eid, then you will have possibly the Geneva talks if we feel the timing and the appropriate moment is there, then you will have the General Assembly which is a period which is taking place just between the 18th September onward where very likely there will be a discussion and quite at a high level regarding the next steps about Syria”.

De Mistura also added that “October is going to be crucial and early November. We are having developments likely to take place in Ar-Raqqa where the liberation of Raqqa hopefully will be proceeding, around Deir ez-Zor and then the big issue about the future of Idlib which all three of them have a strong implication on what can happen on the humanitarian side”.

The Special Envoy also said that a letter from Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu was received at the beginning of August where the Russian Federation committed themselves to have Russian military police along the routes where the humanitarian convoys would be going into escalation areas. As a first result of the Russian contribution, today (Thursday) a UN-Red Cross convoy reached the besieged rebel-held town of Douma in eastern Ghouta near Damascus. This convoy was the first since May and consisted of 50 trucks delivering relief items for 35,000 people. Douma is one of 11 besieged areas in Syria.

Following today’s humanitarian taskforce meeting where members took stock of the second half of the sixth war year, Jan Egeland, Special Advisor to the UN Special Envoy for Syria said that “it is been a year of extraordinary for the civilians of Syria. They suffered under a trench warfare for years, battle zones, front lines were frozen. This year has seen enormous shifts: Aleppo is now a place where people can return to, Homs is generally quiet, there has been however intensive fighting in Daraa in the south and has been in Eastern Ghouta next to Damascus”.

Egeland told the media that on the first half of 2017 around 7,000 Syrians have been displaced on average every single day, but at the same time never before so many Syrians had been able to return to their homes. Some 500, 000 Internally Displaced People (IDP) returned to their hometowns with Aleppo being the number one place to seek safety.

The humanitarian adviser also said that “the worst place probably today in Syria is the part of Ar-Raqqa city that is still hold by so called Islamic State. We reckon that there will be 20,000 or 25, 000 civilians there, they are encircled by the SDF fighters and they are seemingly used as human shields by the Islamic State. There is constant air raids by the coalition”.

Two days ahead of World Humanitarian Day on 19 August, Egeland reminded that “the toll has been enormous for humanitarian workers: 21 UN staff have been killed in this war, 65 staff members and volunteers from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, 8 staff members and volunteers of the Palestinian Red Crescent Societies and many more from non-governmental organisations, 7 white helmets volunteers killed last week”.
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