GA/ SYRIA WRAP

24-Sep-2013 00:04:22
Addressing delegates at the General Assembly, King Abdullah of Jordan said that the flow of Syrian refugees in Jordan could reach one million or 20 percent of the population by next year. Not even the strongest global economies could absorb this demand on infrastructure and resources, let alone a small economy and the fourth water-poorest country in the world.” UNTV
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STORY: GA/ SYRIA WRAP
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SOURCE: UNTV
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DATELINE 24 SEPTEMBER 2013, NEW YORK CITY
SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations headquarters
2. Wide shot, delegates and officials at General Assembly
3. Med shot, Ban Secretary-General Ki-moon approaches podium
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Full accountability for serious international crimes is also vital, either through referral to the International Criminal Court or by other means consistent with international law.”
5. Cutaway, President of Turkey Abdulah Gul
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Military victory is an illusion. The only answer is a political settlement. I appeal to the Government of Syria and the opposition, and Excellencies, I appeal to all those in this hall with influence over them – to make the Geneva II conference happen as soon as possible.”
7. Cutaway, Barack Obama delivering address
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Barack Obama, President, United States:
“I do not believe that military action – by those within Syria, or by external powers – can achieve a lasting peace. Nor do I believe that America or any nation should determine who will lead Syria – that is for the Syrian people to decide. Nevertheless, a leader who slaughtered his citizens and gassed children to death cannot regain the legitimacy to lead a badly fractured country. The notion that Syria can return to a pre-war status quo is a fantasy.”
9. Cutaway, Turkish delegation
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Abdulah Gul, President, Turkey:
“This conflict neither began with the use of chemical weapons, nor will it end with an
agreement to eliminate them. We therefore bluntly reject any position that is not troubled by the killing of innocent people in itself, but only by the means of such killing. Such an approach is immoral and totally unacceptable. The agreement to destroy Syria's chemical arsenal must not allow the regime to avoid responsibility for its other crimes.”
11. Cutaway, Iranian delegate
12. SOUNDBITE (French) Francois Hollande, President, France:
“Those who have committed these crimes must be held accountable in the justice system, but beyond this resolution, the adoption of which should happen soon, we cannot stop. We must ensure that this war ends. It is the deadliest war since the beginning of this century. The solution is a political one and too much time has been lost and I will not come back to the issue of the blockage within the Security Council.”
13. SOUNDBITE (English) King AbdullahII, Jordan:
“The flow of Syrian refugees in Jordan already equals one-tenth of our own population. It could reach one million, some 20 percent of our population, by next year. These are not just numbers; they are people, who need food, water, shelter, sanitation, electricity, health care, and more. Not even the strongest global economies could absorb this demand on infrastructure and resources, let alone a small economy and the fourth water-poorest country in the world.”
14. Med shot, Obama and Ban walking through Security Council
15. Med shot, Obama at luncheon
16. Various shots, Obama and Ban at luncheon
17. Various shots, Kerry and Lavrov shaking hands after bi-lateral meeting
STORYLINE
Addressing delegates on last month's chemical attack in Syria, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that "full accountability for serious international crimes" was vital, either through referral to the International Criminal Court or by other means consistent with international law.”

Opening the plenary session of the 68th General Assembly today (24 Sept)at the United Nations in New York, Ban sais that military victory was “an illusion” and that the only answer to the conflict was through a “political settlement.” Ban appealed to the Syrian Government, the opposition, and to all those present at the GA hall “to make the Geneva II conference happen as soon as possible.”

United States President Barack Obama said he did not believe that military action – by those within Syria, or by external powers could achieve a lasting peace. "Nevertheless, a leader who slaughtered his citizens and gassed children to death cannot regain the legitimacy to lead a badly fractured country. The notion that Syria can return to a pre-war status quo is a fantasy.”

Turkish president Abdulah Gul said that the Syrian conflict “neither began with the use of chemical weapons, nor will it end with an agreement to eliminate them”, adding that the agreement to destroy the country’s chemical arsenal wasn’t an excuse for the Assad regime to “avoid responsibility for its other crimes.”

Describing the conflict as “the deadliest war since the beginning of this century”, French President Francois Hollande said that “the solution is a political one and too much time has been lost.”

Jordan's King Abdullah said that the influx of Syrian refugees in his country already equaled one-tenth of the population and that it could reach "one million, or some 20 percent of our population, by next year.” He said that "not even the strongest global economies could absorb this demand on infrastructure and resources, let alone a small economy and the fourth water-poorest country in the world.”

President Obama also met with the Secertary-General where they discussed the situation in Syria, and agreed on the importance of continued UN engagement on the issue of Syrian chemical weapons, as well as the importance of a political solution and the need to avoid further loss of life.

Later, US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov continued efforts to secure a diplomatic solution that would end to more than two years of bloodshed in Syria which has killed well over 100, 000 people, displaced more than 7 million and destabilized the Middle East.
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