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US Ambassador Samantha Power said that efforts by the incoming US administration to defund the United Nations (UN) “would be extremely detrimental to US interests.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 13 JANUARY 2017, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

13 JANUARY 2017, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, US Ambassador Samantha Power at the dais
3. Wide shot, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Samantha Power, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations:
“We lead the world, in part, by leading at the UN. And if we were to tie our hands behind our back, or to strip this organization of programming that’s used to support mediation for conflict out in the world, or support humanitarian work, or even support the new Secretary-General who is making a major effort at conflict resolution on South Sudan, Cyprus; this would be extremely detrimental to US interests.”
5. Close up, photographer
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Samantha Power, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations:
“The effects of the resolution itself, of course, are quite modest. It is a resolution that reaffirms prior resolutions, condemns a set of actions, and calls for urgent progress towards a two-state solution, and, yes, there is a reporting requirement, but as you know there is a reporting requirement as there is with our monthly Middle East sessions. So, I think what it has done along with Secretary Kerry’s speech, is generated a conversation about both the two-state solution and settlements and the other dimensions of why negotiations have not progressed that was not happening.”
7. Med shot, journalists
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Samantha Power, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations:
“We who see the threat that Iran poses through its destabilizing actions in the region and through its support for terrorism should be, would be, very wise to preserve an agreement that denies it a weapon of mass destruction.”
9. Med shot, journalists
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Samantha Power, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations:
“It was very disappointing and very surprising that in light of the treat that chemical weapons pose, not only to the people of Syria, but to our closest allies in the region and to us, you know, what it would mean if using chemical weapons became a kind of conventional weapon of war, it was disappointing that we did not have more support domestically to sustain a campaign.”
11. Wide shot, journalists
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Samantha Power, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations:
“He prides himself and says that he is the leader of all of South Sudan. I think he has got to make choices that reflect that talking point. And that means making a choice to marginalize or even hold accountable hard liners within his inner circle who are pursuing a Dinka agenda and are ethicizing the conflict, and who are not taking control of forces who are raping South Sudanese civilians.”
13. Zoom out, end of presser

STORYLINE:

United States (US) Ambassador Samantha Power today (13 Jan) said that efforts by the incoming US administration to defund the United Nations (UN) “would be extremely detrimental to US interests.”

Power, during her final press conference at UN headquarters, said “we lead the world, in part, by leading at the UN” and such effort would “tie our hands behind our back.”

The US Ambassador spoke about the US recent abstention at the Security Council on a resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

She said “the effects of the resolution itself, of course, are quite modest. It is a resolution that reaffirms prior resolutions, condemns a set of actions, and calls for urgent progress towards a two-state solution, and, yes, there is a reporting requirement, but as you know there is a reporting requirement as there is with our monthly Middle East sessions.”

She also said the abstention, along with Secretary John Kerry’s speech on the matter, “generated a conversation about both the two-state solution and settlements and the other dimensions of why negotiations have not progressed that was not happening.”

On the Iran Nuclear deal and statements by the incoming administration criticizing the agreement, Power said “we who see the threat that Iran poses through its destabilizing actions in the region and through its support for terrorism, should be, would be, very wise to preserve an agreement that denies it a weapon of mass destruction.”

Turning to the Syrian conflict, the Ambassador expressed disappointment at the lack of domestic support in the US for efforts to further curb the use of chemical weapons.

She said “it was very disappointing and very surprising that in light of the treat that chemical weapons pose, not only to the people of Syria, but to our closest allies in the region and to us, you know, what it would mean if using chemical weapons became a kind of conventional weapon of war, it was disappointing that we did not have more support domestically to sustain a campaign.”

On South Sudan, Power said President Salve Kiir “prides himself and says that he is the leader of all of South Sudan” and called on him to “make choices that reflect that talking point.”

She said that means “making a choice to marginalize or even hold accountable hard liners within his inner circle who are pursuing a Dinka agenda and are ethicizing the conflict, and who are not taking control of forces who are raping South Sudanese civilians.”

Ambassador Power was nominated as Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations by President Barak Obama on June 2013.
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