UN / SYRIA REAX

12-Apr-2012 00:03:10
US Ambassador Susan Rice said that today "for the first time in a long time" there has been calm in Syria, but added that the Government must do more to be in full compliance with Kofi Annan's six-point plan. UNTV
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STORY: UN / SYRIA REAX
TRT: 3.10
SOURCE: UNTV
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/ NATS

DATELINE: 12 APRIL 2011, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

12 APRIL 2011, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

2. Pan right, Rice walking up to the stakeout position
3. Med shot, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Susan Rice, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations:
“Today we saw, for the first time in a long time, a brief positive step which we hope will be sustained. If this very fragile initial opening is respected and sustained, and that must include the pullback of Syrian forces from populated areas, a pullback of their heavy weapons and their return to barracks as Kofi Annan said today, then perhaps we will have the beginning of the six-point plan process that we fully support.”
5. Close up, reporter’s notepad
6. Zoom out, Rice walking away from the stakeout position
7. Med shot, journalists
8. Wide shot, Ja'afari walking up to the stakeout position
9. Close up, reporter’s laptop computer
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Bashar Ja'afari, Permanent Representative of Syria to the United Nations:
“The moment of truth has come and we are challenging these forces which were betting on the failure of Mr. Kofi Annan’s plan. It’s a challenge for all of us. As far as the Syrian Government is concerned we are committed and we would like to see everybody else on board.”
11. Close up, reporters’ notepads
12. Pan right, Ja'afari walking away from the stakeout position
13. Close up, reporter’s notepad
14. Pan left, Churkin walking up to the stakeout position
15. Close up, cameras
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Vitaly Churkin, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations:
“Opposition leaders must finally formulate their attitude towards political dialogue because, I mean, not only our delegation, other delegations were speaking about the need for political process in Syria, but there can be no political process without political dialogue. And frankly there’s one thing which Mr. Annan, I hope, is going to accomplish very soon: clear-cut agreement by the opposition leaders to enter into dialogue with the Syrian Government. This so far has not happened”
17. Close up, reporter’s notepad
18. Pan right, Churkin walking away from the stakeout position
19. Close up, reporters’ notepads
20. Zoom in, Baodong walking up to the stakeout position
21. Close up, reporter’s notepad
22. SOUNDBITE (English) Li Baodong, Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations:
“China welcomes the announcement made by the Syrian Government to implement ceasefire and withdraw troops from some cities and towns. In our view this is a very important step towards political settlement in Syria and also marks very important progress in Kofi Annan’s mediation efforts.”
23. Close up, reporter’s notepad
24. Pan right, Zoom in, Baodong walking away from the stakeout position
STORYLINE
The Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the League of Arab States, Kofi Annan, briefed the Security Council via video-link on the situation in Syria today (12 April), reporting that the cessation of hostilities appears to be holding.

Outside the Council, Ambassador Susan Rice of the United States told reporters that “today we saw, for the first time in a long time, a brief positive step” on the part of the Syrian Government.

Rice pointed out that this was a “very fragile initial opening” which if “respected and sustained”, including by a pullback of Syrian forces from populated areas, ”then perhaps we will have the beginning of the six-point plan process that we fully support.”

Annan’s six-point plan to bring the violence to an end includes both the military provisions and a commitment to start a political process that will address the aspirations of the Syrian people.

Also speaking to reporters, Syrian Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari said that “the moment of truth has come” and challenged those who “were betting on the failure of Mr. Kofi Annan’s plan.”

Ja'afari reaffirmed the Syrian Government’s commitment to the plan and said that he “would like to see everybody else on board.”

For his part, Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin made clear that the Syrian opposition must also follow the plan and “finally formulate their attitude towards political dialogue”, stressing that “there can be no political process without political dialogue.”

Ambassador Li Baodong of China welcomed today’s announcement and said that it was “a very important step towards political settlement in Syria and also marks very important progress in Kofi Annan’s mediation efforts.”

The violence in Syria, which began in March 2011 as a protest movement similar to those witnessed across the Middle East and North Africa, has claimed over 8,000 lives, mostly civilians, and displaced tens of thousands.
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