UN / GA 72 GUTERRES PRESSER

13-Sep-2017 00:03:21
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres reiterated his call for Muslims from Myanmar's Rakhine state to be granted nationality or at least a legal status that would allow them to lead a normal life, while also urging the international community to help provide assistance for the nearly 380,000 people who have fled into Bangladesh. UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 13 SEPTEMBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

13 SEPTEMBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY

2. Zoom in, Secretary-General Guterres at the podium
3. Wide shot, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Grievances that have been left to fester for decades, have now escalated beyond Myanmar’s borders, destabilizing the region. The humanitarian situation is catastrophic. When we met last week, there were 125,000 Rohingya refugees who had fled into Bangladesh. That number has now tripled to nearly 380,000.”
5. Wide shot, journalists
6. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I have condemned the attacks made by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, but in Rakhine State there have been disturbing reports of attacks by security forces against civilians which are completely unacceptable. Aid activities by UN aid agencies and international non-governmental organizations have been disrupted. I call on the Myanmar authorities to suspend military action, end the violence, uphold the rule of law, and recognize the right of return of all those who had to leave the country.”
7. Wide shot, journalists
8. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The nuclear and missile tests by the DPRK have created great instability and tension on the Korean peninsula, throughout the region and beyond. Unity in the Security Council is critical, and this week’s unanimous adoption of a new resolution sends a clear message that the DPRK must comply fully with its international obligations.”
9. Wide shot, journalists
10. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The strategy now completed aims to achieve parity at senior levels by 2021, and across the board by 2028. I have already started to do my part. Since January, over half of my appointments to the Senior Management Group have been women – a total of 17 women and 15 men so far, including both appointments and renewal of mandates. And that there is a large majority of men in the present mandates, it means that in the new appointments, the high percentage of women is even higher.”
11. Wide shot, journalists
12. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“All the efforts I’ve making until now are in the direction of trying to create the conditions for the relationship between the United States and the United Nations to be a constructive relationship, and I hope that will also be the message of President Trump, and I hope, if that is the message that will conveyed, that that message will be well received.”
13. Various shots, journalists
14. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I think this agreement is a very important agreement. I think that it contributed to an important de-escalation at the moment and is a factor of stability, and is my opinion that all parties should do everything possible for this agreement to be preserved.”
15. Wide shot, journalists
16. Wide shot, end of presser
STORYLINE
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today (13 Sep) reiterated his call for Muslims from Myanmar's Rakhine state to be granted nationality or at least a legal status that would allow them to lead a normal life, while also urging the international community to help provide assistance for the nearly 380,000 people who have fled into Bangladesh.

During his first press conference since the opening of the 72nd session of the General Assembly, the Secretary-General called on the Myanmar authorities “to suspend military action, end the violence, uphold the rule of law, and recognize the right of return of all those who had to leave the country.”

Guterres repeated his call for an action plan to address the root causes of the situation, which he said he been left to fester for decades and has now escalated beyond Myanmar's borders, destabilizing the region.

The Security Council is due to discuss the situation today in an urgent closed-door meeting, following an official letter from the Secretary-General expressing his concern.

Also in today's press briefing, Guterres reiterated his call for a political solution to the situation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

He said that nuclear and missile tests by the county created “great instability and tension” on the Korean peninsula, throughout the region and beyond.

Referring to new sanctions, which among other measures, limit the imports of crude oil and oil products, ban textile exports, and prevent new visas for DPRK workers overseas. The Secretary-General said “unity in the Security Council is critical. This week's unanimous adoption of a new resolution sends a clear message that the DPRK must comply fully with its international obligations.”

The UN chief also announced two initiatives today that he said would strengthen the UN's work and which are part of his broader reform agenda.

He announced the launching of his gender parity strategy for the United Nations, which aims to achieve parity at senior levels by 2021, and across the board by 2028, and said that “since January, over half of my appointments to the Senior Management Group have been women – a total of 17 women and 15 men so far.”

Speaking of the Organization's current relationship with the United States, Guterres said “all the efforts I’ve making until now are in the direction of trying to create the conditions for the relationship between the United States and the United Nations to be a constructive relationship, and I hope that will also be the message of President Trump, and I hope, if that is the message that will conveyed, that that message will be well received.”

On the Iran nuclear agreement, he said “I think this agreement is a very important agreement. I think that it contributed to an important de-escalation at the moment and is a factor of stability, and is my opinion that all parties should do everything possible for this agreement to be preserved.”

Among other issues raised during the press conference, Guterres highlighted the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR), which has seen a rise of 37 per cent in refugees and displaced persons in the past three months.
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