UN / SYRIA OBSERVERS

20-Jun-2012 00:03:28
The suffering of the Syrian people is getting worse amid escalating violence in the country, the head of the United Nations mission there, just days after his observers came under direct attack resulting in the suspension of their monitoring activities. UNTV
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DATELINE: 19 JUNE 2012, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

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2. Pan left, General Robert Mood and Under-Secretary-General Hervé Ladsous walking up to the microphone

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3. Cutaway, hands taking notes

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4. SOUNDBITE (English) Major General Robert Mood, Head of the United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS):
“The suffering of the Syrian people, the suffering of men, women and children in Syria, some of them trapped by fighting, is getting worse. And it should be at the focus of the efforts of the parties, it should be at the focus of the efforts of this Council, it will continue to be the main focus of my mission to dampen that suffering and to bring us in a new direction.”

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5. Cutaway, cameras

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6. SOUNDBITE (French) Hervé Ladsous, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations:
“For the moment, while suspending its activities, we have decided not to touch the mission, its mandate, its integrity remains, but in the same time we have to be aware that a series of diplomatic initiatives are developing, bilaterally and multilaterally. We have to be aware that in any case the observer mission’s mandate ends on 20 July, so we must think about what the options will be for the future of this mission.”

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7. Cutaway, hands taking notes

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8. SOUNDBITE (English) Major General Robert Mood, Head of the United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS):
“The first indicator that will lead to a discussion to, let’s say to resume to more normal activities is a significant reduction in the violence. The second element is the commitment by both the government and the opposition to the safety and security and the freedom of movement of the observers. The government has expressed that very clearly in the last couple of days, but I’ve not seen the same clear statements from the opposition yet.”

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9. Cutaway, hands taking notes

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10. Pan right, General Mood leaving the stakeout area

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11. Cutaway, hands taking notes

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12. Pan left, Chinese ambassador Li Baodong approaching the microphone

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13. Cutaway, hands taking notes

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14. SOUNDBITE (English) Ambassador Li Baodong, Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations:
“I think that we welcome the positive development, and I noticed that the joint statement by Russia and the United States, and we think there’s a teamwork, and hopefully that by working closely together we can make progress, we can regain the momentum and make more progress on the ground.”

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15. Cutaway, hands taking notes

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16. Pan left, Syrian ambassador Bashar Jaafari approaching the microphone

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17. Cutaway, hands taking notes

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18. SOUNDBITE (English) Bashar Jaafari, Permanent Representative of Syria to the United Nations:
“I reiterate on behalf of my government that Syria cares not only about couple hundreds of civilians trapped in some rebels’ strongholds in Homs. But the Syrian government is totally committed to protecting the rights of 23 million Syrian civilians.”

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19. Cutaway, hands taking notes

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20. Pan right, Jaafari leaving stakeout area
STORYLINE
As violence continues to flare in Syria, the head of the United Nations mission in the country briefed the Security Council in New York yesterday (19 June), days after his observers came under direct attack resulting in the suspension of their monitoring activities.

The head of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS), Major-General Robert Mood told reporters after the closed-door Security Council meeting that the suffering of the Syrian people was “getting worse” amid escalating violence in the country.

On Saturday (16 June) Mood had announced the suspension of his mission’s activities because escalating violence was preventing it from carrying out its mandate, and observers were facing direct targeting, including shelling, small arms fire and other incidents.

The General stressed that the mission’s aim remained to resume its activities in order to “dampen” the Syrian people’s suffering and “to bring us in a new direction.”

The UN peacekeeping chief, Under-Secretary-General Hervé Ladsous said that while the mission remained suspended, its mandate was being left untouched for the time being.
However, he noted that “a series of diplomatic initiatives are developing, bilaterally and multilaterally” and pointed out that options for the future of the mission needed to be considered since the observer mission’s mandate ends on 20 July.

Asked under what conditions UNSMIS would resume its patrols and monitoring activities, General Mood said that a “significant reduction in the violence” was needed first, along with guarantees by both the government and the opposition for the observers’ safety and freedom of movement. He said the Syrian government had “expressed that very clearly” over the last few days, but that he had “not seen the same clear statements from the opposition yet”.

Also speaking to the media outside Security Council chambers, Ambassador Li Baodong of China, which holds the rotating presidency of the Council for the month of June, welcomed the joint statement issued by US president Barack Obama and Russian president Vladimir Putin following their first meeting as a “positive development” on Syria. He said “teamwork” was needed in order to “regain the momentum and make more progress on the ground”.

Syrian Ambassador Bashar Jaafari went on to assure reporters that the Syrian government “cares not only about couple hundreds of civilians trapped in some rebels’ strongholds in Homs. But the Syrian government is totally committed to protecting the rights of 23 million Syrian civilians”.

Aid teams stood ready today (20 June) to evacuate the civilians trapped in the embattled city of Homs, after the government and opposition reportedly agreed to a temporary ceasefire to allow them to be brought to safety.
The Security Council established the UN observer mission UNSMIS in April to monitor the cessation of violence in Syria, as well as monitor and support the full implementation of a six-point peace plan put forward by the Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League for the Syrian Crisis, Kofi Annan.
The six-point plan calls for an end to violence, access for humanitarian agencies to provide relief to those in need, the release of detainees, the start of inclusive political dialogue that takes into account the aspirations of the Syrian people, and unrestricted access to the country for the international media.

The UN estimates that more than 10,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in Syria and tens of thousands displaced since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began some 16 months ago.
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