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10-Nov-2017 00:02:26
UN Secretary-General António Guterres said he is “very worried” about the situation in Lebanon and hoped that the Middle East will not see an escalation “that would have tragic consequences.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 10 NOVEMBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY
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1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

10 NOVEMBER 2017, NEW YORK CITY

2. Pan left, Guterres approaching stakeout
3. SOUNDBITE (French) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“This is a matter of great concern to us. And what we want is for peace to be preserved in Lebanon. It is essential that no new conflict erupts in the region, it could have devastating consequences. And at the same time, it is important to preserve the unity, the stability of Lebanon, and the functioning of Lebanese institutions. That is the logic of the demarches I have been doing. They are delicate, you will allow me not to elaborate on them, they will go on today. We are indeed very worried and we hope that we won’t see an escalation in the region that would have tragic consequences.”
4. Wide shot, Secretary-General at stakeout
5. SOUNDBITE (French) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“In September 2019, I will convene a Climate Summit to mobilize political and economic energy at the highest levels. I ask world leaders to show courage in combatting entrenched interests; wisdom in investing in the opportunities of the future; and compassion in caring [for] what kind of world we build for our children. As a former politician myself, I have no doubt that in today’s world, this is the path to progress today and a meaningful legacy for tomorrow.”
6. Wide shot, Secretary-General at stakeout
7. SOUNDBITE (French) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Indeed, we insist on the need to make sure, not only that all violence against this population stops, but also we need to insist on unhindered humanitarian access to all areas of north Rakhine State, including the northern part of this region. And we insist on the need to reassert the right of return, safe and dignifying return, voluntary return, for all the population that fled to Bangladesh and to the areas of origin, not to be placed in camps, not having access to the places where they left.”
8. Pan right, Guterres leaving stakeout
STORYLINE
UN Secretary-General António Guterres said he is “very worried” about the situation in Lebanon and hoped that the Middle East will not see an escalation “that would have tragic consequences.”

Asked by reporters in New York today (10 Nov) about the situation in Lebanon and the fate of its Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Guterres said he has been in very intense contacts over the past two days at different political and diplomatic levels, namely Lebanese and Saudi, adding that the logic of his demarches has been “to preserve the unity, the stability of Lebanon, and the functioning of Lebanese institutions” adding that it is essential that no new conflict erupts in the region which could have “devastating consequences.” The Secretary-General said his talks have been “delicate” and would go on today.

On his participation in the Bonn climate conference, Guterres said he will be pressing for progress in five ambition action areas, including emissions, resilience, finance, partnership, and leadership. He said carbon pricing is an extremely important instrument that must be developed. The Secretary-General noted his convening of a Climate Summit next September, and called on world leaders to “show courage in combatting entrenched interests; wisdom in investing in the opportunities of the future; and compassion in caring [for] what kind of world we build for our children. “

Asked about the plight of the Rohingya population in Myanmar, Guterres said the Presidential statement issued by the Security Council recently was a very important step adding that there is a proposal at the General Assembly whose result he is also awaiting. The Secretary-General insisted on the need to make sure that all violence against this population stops and to “reassert the right of return, safe and dignifying return, voluntary return, for all the population that fled to Bangladesh and to the areas of origin not to be placed in camps.” He stressed the need to address the root cause of the problem, particularly issues related to citizenship and to the legal status of the Rohingya population which has been discriminated against and is currently stateless.
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