UN / SYRIA ATTACK

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In the aftermath of the joint US, UK and France’s air strikes against Syria, the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged Security Council to “show restraint in these dangerous circumstances and to avoid any acts that could escalate matters and worsen the suffering of the Syrian people.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 14 APRIL 2018, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Wide shot, exterior, UN Headquarters

14 APRIL 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Nebenzia entering Security Council
3. Med shot, Guterres at the table
4. Wide shot, Haley entering Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“As Secretary-General of the United Nations, it is my duty to remind Member States that there is an obligation, particularly when dealing with matters of peace and security, to act consistently with the Charter of the United Nations and with international law in general. The UN Charter is very clear on these issues. Mr President, the Security Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. I call on the members of the Security Council to unite and exercise that responsibility. I urge all Member States to show restraint in these dangerous circumstances and to avoid any acts that could escalate matters and worsen the suffering of the Syrian people.”
6. Cutaway, Syrian ambassador
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“At this critical juncture, I call on all member states to act consistently with the Charter of the United Nations and with international law, including the norms against chemical weapons. If the law is ignored, it is undermined. There is no military solution to the crisis. The solution must be political.”
8. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vassily Alekseevich Nebenzia, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations:
“Russian military expert have not found any traces of chlorine or any other toxic agent at the incident’s site. Not a single local resident was able to confirm the fact that a chemical attack had actually taken place. The Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has dispatched its experts to Syria in order to investigate all the circumstances. However, in a sign of cynical disdain, a group of western countries decide to take a military action without waiting for results of the investigation. Russia condemns in a strongest possible term the attack against Syria where the Russian military personnel is assisting the legitimate government in fight against terrorism.”
9. Cutaway, delegates at the Council’s table
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Nikki Haley, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations:
“Just as Russia was using its veto, the Assad regime was using Sarin, using to dozens of injuries and deaths. Russia’s veto was the green light to for the Assad regime to use these most barbaric weapons against the Syrian people in complete violation of the international law. The United States and our allies were not going to let that stand. Chemical weapons are threat to us all.”
11. Cutaway, meeting
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Nikki Haley, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations:
“I spoke to the president this morning and he said if the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again the United States is locked and loaded. When our president draws the red line, our president enforces the red line. The United States is deeply grateful to the United Kingdom and France for its part in the coalition to defend the prohibition of chemical weapon. We worked in locked step. We were in complete agreement.”
13. Med shot, Pierce speaking at the meeting
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Karen Pierce, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations:
“Syrian regime has been killing its own people for seven years. Its use of chemical weapons which has exacerbated the human suffering is a serious crime of international concern as a breach of customary international law prohibition on the use of chemical weapons and it amounts to war crime and crime against humanity. Any state is permitted under international law on an exceptional basis to take measures in order to eleviate the overwhelming humanitarian suffering.”
15. Wide shot, meeting
16. SOUNDBITE (French) Francois Delattre, France to the United Nations:
“When it ordered the chemical attack on seventh of April, Syrian regime knew fully what it was doing. Once again, it wanted to test the limit of tolerance of the international community – and it found it. In the face of this attack on the principles and values and the laws underpinning the action of the United Nations, the silence was no longer a solution. We cannot no longer tolerate the trivialization of the use of chemical weapons which presents an immediate danger to the Syrian people and to our collective security.”

STORYLINE:

In the aftermath of the joint US, UK and France’s air strikes against Syria, the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged Security Council to “show restraint in these dangerous circumstances and to avoid any acts that could escalate matters and worsen the suffering of the Syrian people.”

At the emergency meeting of the Security Council on the request from the Russian Federation, the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said “as Secretary-General of the United Nations, it is my duty to remind Member States that there is an obligation, particularly when dealing with matters of peace and security, to act consistently with the Charter of the United Nations and with international law in general” adding in “the UN Charter is very clear on these issues.”

Guterres also said “the Security Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. I call on the members of the Security Council to unite and exercise that responsibility. I urge all Member States to show restraint in these dangerous circumstances and to avoid any acts that could escalate matters and worsen the suffering of the Syrian people.”

In response to the suspected chemical attack on the town of Douma on April 7, in the early hours of Saturday (14 Apr) United States, United Kingdom and France fired missiles on three sites in Syria, where Syrian authorities allegedly produce and keep chemical weapons.

The Russian ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia once again disputed claims that a chemical attack took place.

Nebenzia said “Russian military expert have not found any traces of chlorine or any other toxic agent at the incident’s site. Not a single local resident was able to confirm the fact that a chemical attack had actually taken place.”

Russian ambassador also said “in a sign of cynical disdain, a group of western countries decide to take a military action without waiting for results of the investigation. Russia condemns in a strongest possible term the attack against Syria where the Russian military personnel is assisting the legitimate government in fight against terrorism.”

US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley reminded that the Russian Federation has vetoed six-time drafted resolutions on Syria and said “just as Russia was using its veto, the Assad regime was using Sarin, using to dozens of injuries and deaths. Russia’s veto was the green light to for the Assad regime to use these most barbaric weapons against the Syrian people in complete violation of the international law” adding “the United States and our allies were not going to let that stand. Chemical weapons are threat to us all.”

Haley also said she spoke earlier with the US President Trump who said “if the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again the United States is locked and loaded.”

She underlined “when our president draws the red line, our president enforces the red line.”

Karen Pierce, the UK ambassador to the United Nations said “Syrian regime has been killing its own people for seven years. Its use of chemical weapons which has exacerbated the human suffering is a serious crime of international concern as a breach of customary international law prohibition on the use of chemical weapons and it amounts to war crime and crime against humanity.”

Pierce also said “any state is permitted under international law on an exceptional basis to take measures in order to alleviate the overwhelming humanitarian suffering.”

French ambassador Francois Delattre said his country has no doubt Assad’s regime is behind the chemical attack.

Delattre said “in the face of this attack on the principles and values and the laws underpinning the action of the United Nations, the silence was no longer a solution. We cannot no longer tolerate the trivialization of the use of chemical weapons which presents an immediate danger to the Syrian people and to our collective security.”
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