UN / ALEPPO RESOLUTION

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Alarmed at the devastating humanitarian crisis in Aleppo, where perhaps thousands of civilians remain trapped, the Security Council today requested the United Nations and other relevant institutions to carry out “adequate, neutral monitoring and direct observation on evacuations from the eastern districts” of the war-battered city. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 19 DECEMBER 2016, NEW YORK CITY

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RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

19 DECEMBER 2016, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Various shots, delegates
4. Various shots, Security Council vote
5. Wide shot, Syrian Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari walks up to the podium
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Bashar Ja'afari, Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations:
“France and Britain’s insistence on presenting and adopting such resolution is just another part of the continued propaganda against Syria and its fight against terrorism. While we respect this Security Council resolution, we are aware of the real purpose of their efforts, which is to protect the terrorists.”
7. Med shot, Ja'afari
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Bashar Ja'afari, Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations:
“These kinds of resolutions might have a lot of purposes but the stated humanitarian goal. We all have in mind what they did to Iraq and Libya and elsewhere under the cover of humanitarian purposes. In Libya they wanted to protect the civilians, they destroyed the whole country and transformed Libya into an international hub of terrorism; Iraq, needless to talk about it.”
9. Pan left US Ambassador Samantha Power walks up to the podium
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Samantha Power, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations:
“Getting these monitors into Eastern Aleppo, on to the buses at the points of egress from the besieged part of Eastern Aleppo, which is now very small but has in it tens of thousands of people still, that urgent implementation of this resolution is everything. Right now it’s an important step that I think a couple days ago people would not have thought the Russian Federation would have allowed to go through the Council, but until it is implemented, it’s just a piece of paper.”
11. Wide shot, Ambassador Power walks away

STORYLINE:

Alarmed at the devastating humanitarian crisis in Aleppo, where perhaps thousands of civilians remain trapped, the Security Council today (19 Dec) requested the United Nations and other relevant institutions to carry out “adequate, neutral monitoring and direct observation on evacuations from the eastern districts” of the war-battered city.

Through a unanimously adopted resolution, the Council also requested the UN to ensure further deployment of staff for monitoring and reporting on the evacuations, as needed and demanded all parties to provide these monitors with safe, immediate and unimpeded access.

Speaking to reporter outside the Council, Syrian Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari said “France and Britain’s insistence on presenting and adopting such resolution is just another part of the continued propaganda against Syria and its fight against terrorism.”

Ja'afari said that while Syria will respect the outcome of the resolution, “we are aware of the real purpose of their efforts, which is to protect the terrorists.”

The Syrian Ambassador said “these kinds of resolutions might have a lot of purposes but the stated humanitarian goal.”

Also speaking to reporters, United States Ambassador Samantha Power said “getting these monitors into Eastern Aleppo, on to the buses at the points of egress from the besieged part of Eastern Aleppo, which is now very small but has in it tens of thousands of people still, that urgent implementation of this resolution is everything.”

Power said “a couple days ago people would not have thought the Russian Federation would have allowed” the resolution to go through the Council, but until it is implemented, she added, “it’s just a piece of paper.”

The Council resolution demands that all parties provide the UN and it is implementation partners with safe, immediate and unimpeded access to ensure that humanitarian assistance reaches people through the most direct route, in order to meet basic needs, including the provision of medical care.

The French-led resolution also calls on all parties to respect and protect all medical and humanitarian personnel.

Thousands of civilians are reportedly awaiting evacuations to resume today.
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