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21-Sep-2017 00:02:38
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the Syrian conflict is not over yet as people continue to suffer adding that donor countries need to move from pledging support to delivering. UNIFEED
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 21 SEPTEMBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY
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21 SEPTEMBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior
2. Wide shot, meeting room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, European Union:
“In the case of Syria an agreement that guarantees that the country remains one, united, and is the place where all Syrians feel at home, safe and respected in their differences. A partition of Syria would lead to more unrest. It is not what the Syrians want for the country. It is not, definitely not, what the region needs.”
4. Wide shot, meeting room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Staffan de Mistura, Special Envoy for Syria, United Nations:
“Now that the Astana process has almost completely and successfully fulfilled its task of military de-escalation, we now urgently need political de-escalation. This means returning to the Geneva UN-led political meetings.”
6. Wide shot, dais
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“De-escalation has resulted in calm in some parts of the country, but an increase in anti-ISIL operations in the east has caused fresh suffering and displacement. From Raqqa to Idlib to Deir ez Zor, civilians continue to face serious protection concerns as fighting and access constraints continue.”
8. Med shot, Mogherini
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees:
“I’m a little bit worried that the commitments made in London and repeated in Brussels, [were] commitments that took their inspiration from the big refugee crisis of 2015-16 that reached Europe; those commitments now that Syrian refugees do not reach Europe anymore, those commitments are being forgotten or are being neglected.”
10. Wide shot, delegates in attendance
11. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Foreign Minister, Qatar:
“The international community bears the responsibility of accounting for these atrocities and crimes committed in Syria to established the principle of justice and deter the perpetrators from continuing to commit these crimes.”
12. Wide shot, dais
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Foreign Minister, Turkey:
“I don’t want to talk about my country. We spent 30 billion dollars. What we got from the international community is only 520 million dollars through the United Nations. This is nothing. It doesn’t mean that nobody wants to share the burden. ‘Well done Turkey. Well done Lebanon. Well done Jordan. You are doing a great job. We admire you.’ So what? Where is the burden sharing?”
14. Wide shot, meeting room
STORYLINE
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the Syrian conflict is not over yet as people continue to suffer adding that donor countries need to move from pledging support to delivering.

Speaking at a high-level meeting on Syria, Mogherini announced a second Brussels conference next spring to solidify pledges after 10 billion USD was pledged at the last Brussels conference. She said the international community must use reconstruction in Syria for reconciliation and peace stressing that there could be no long-lasting peace in the country without a negotiated settlement under the auspice of the United Nations. She noted that the agreement must guarantee “that the country remains one, united, and is the place where all Syrians feel at home, safe and respected in their differences.” She added that a partition of Syria “would lead to more unrest” and is “definitely not what the region needs.”

UN Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said much progress has been made over the past year as four de-escalation zone have been established and Da’esh strong-holds are close to being liberated. He said now that the Astana process has “almost completely and successfully fulfilled its task of military de-escalation, we now urgently need political de-escalation; this means returning to the Geneva UN-led political meetings.”

UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock said despite strong statements of pledges in Brussels, the humanitarian operations in Syria were on 36 percent funded in-country and 39 percent in the region. He said the de-escalation of violence in Syria has resulted in calm in some parts of the country, but an increase in anti-ISIL operations in the east has caused “fresh suffering and displacement.”

Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said the world could not speak about the humanitarian situation without speaking about the grave violations of international humanitarian and human rights law committed by ISIL and the Syrian Government. He said the international community “bears the responsibility of accounting for these atrocities and crimes committed in Syria to established the principle of justice and deter the perpetrators from continuing to commit these crimes.”

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said the EU is interested in rebuilding Syria and has the capacity to do so. He said many pledges were made but were not delivered adding that Turkey had has spent “30 billion dollars” in humanitarian assistance in response to the Syrian crisis. He added that the international community says “Well done Turkey; well done Lebanon; well done Jordan; you are doing a great job; we admire you;” and asked, “So what? Where is the burden sharing?”
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