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31-May-2011 00:03:30
UN head of political affairs B. Lynn Pascoe told the Security Council today that the parties in Libya "remain far apart on even beginning negotiations to resolve the conflict." UNTV
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DATELINE: 31 MAY 2011, NEW YORK CITY / 30 MAY 2011, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / FILE
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RECENT 2011, UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

31 MAY 2011, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Cutaway, delegates
4. SOUNDBITE (English) B. Lynn Pascoe, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, United Nations:
“The Parties in Libya remain far apart on even beginning negotiations to resolve the conflict. The Libyan Government has repeatedly called for ceasefire, including an end to NATO operations, as a pre-requisite for negotiations. For its part, the TNC maintains that negotiations on a ceasefire and other related aspects can only start with the removal from power of Colonel Qaddafi and members of his family, and the withdrawal of the Libyan army from cities forcibly occupied after the breakout of hostilities.”
5. Cutaway, delegates
6. SOUNDBITE (English) B. Lynn Pascoe, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, United Nations:
“Tensions between refugees and local residents along the border have escalated. Unrest at Choucha Camp in Tunisia on 23-24 May resulted in the deaths of four camp residents and the injury of 19 others. On 27 May, two-thirds of the camp was looted or burned. The humanitarian community and the Tunisian Government are now discussing security, the location and the composition of the camp in Tunisia. Approximately 3,000 refugees, mainly from Cote d’Ivoire, Eritrea and Somalia, live in the camp.”
7. Cutaway, delegates
8. SOUNDBITE (English) B. Lynn Pascoe, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, United Nations:
“The Foreign Minister and his delegation noted they were willing to work with the Special Envoy and asked the UN and the AU to declare a ceasefire that would include a stop to NATO air-strikes and then organize elections. He proposed that an election be organized by the AU and the UN, adding that Colonel Qaddafi would respect the will of the people in such an election.”
9. Cutaway, delegates

30 MAY 2011, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

10. Pan right, from podium to HRC room in Geneva
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Navi Pillay UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“As Spring turns to summer, we are feeling the heat of the terrible events, in some parts of the region as we continue to witness legitimate claims being met with repression and extreme violence by forces determined to extend the dark winter. The brutality and magnitude of measures taken by governments in Libya and now Syria have been particularly shocking in their outright disregard for basic human rights, heavy handed repression of protests including the use of lethal force in Bahrain and Yemen.”
13. Cutaway, Syruian delegation
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Navi Pillay UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):
“I am also concerned over the rhetoric of recent months, in Italy and France in particular to depict migrants as a singular problem, best off-loaded elsewhere. The narrow reflex response, both across the European Schengen area generally and in individual states such as Denmark, to move to re-introduce internal controls and regulation of flow of goods or persons across the area as a response to the current crisis misses the real challenge: to work together to ensure respect for all persons' rights, wherever situation and however they may have arrived.”
STORYLINE
Parties to the Libyan conflict remain sharply divided on how to start peace talks, with the Government adamant on a truce, including the cessation of an international bombing campaign, and the opposition demanding that Muammar al-Qadhafi and his family first relinquish power, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today.

Addressing the members of the Security Council on the situation in Libya, B. Lynn Pascoe, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs said that “the parties in Libya remain far apart on even beginning negotiations to resolve the conflict.”

Since the start of the conflict, about 893,000 people, mostly migrants, have left the country and have not returned and some 5,000 people remain stranded at the border point in Egypt, Tunisia and Niger.

Pascoe said that tensions between refugees and local residents along the border had escalated, and that unrest at the Choucha Camp in Tunisia on 23-24 May resulted in the deaths of four camp residents and the injury of 19 others. He also noted that on 27 May, two-thirds of the camp was looted or burned.

“The humanitarian community and the Tunisian Government are now discussing security, the location and the composition of the camp in Tunisia. Approximately 3,000 refugees, mainly from Cote d’Ivoire, Eritrea and Somalia, live in the camp,” Pascoe said.
Pascoe told the Council that while attending the Summit of the Assembly of the African union in Addis Ababa (25 May) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had met with the Libyan Foreign Minister, Abdelati al-Obeidi, on the sidelines of the summit reaffirmed that his Special Envoy Abdel-Elah Al-Khatib was ready to conduct indirect talks with both sides.
“The Foreign Minister and his delegation noted they were willing to work with the Special Envoy and asked the UN and the AU to declare a ceasefire that would include a stop to NATO air-strikes and then organize elections,” Pascoe said, adding that al-Obeidi proposed that an election be organized by the AU and the UN, adding that Colonel Qaddafi would respect the will of the people in such an election.

At the opening of the human rights council session in Geneva Monday, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay said the brutality and magnitude of measures taken by the governments in Libya and Syria had been particularly shocking in their outright disregard for basic human rights. She also criticized heavy handed repression of protestors, including the use of lethal force in Bahrain and Yemen.

Pillay also expressed concern about rhetoric in Italy and France in particular, characterizing migrants as a problem best off-loaded elsewhere. She referred to the re-introduction of internal controls on the movement of people and goods by some countries in the European Schengen area as a response to the current crisis.

This, the High Commissioner said, missed the real challenge to ensure respect of everyone's rights, wherever they are nd however they may have arrived.
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