UN / VENEZUELA

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Secretary-General António Guterres expressed concern over reports of casualties in the context of demonstrations and unrest in Venezuela and called for a transparent and independent investigation of these incidents. He urged all actors to lower tensions and pursue every effort to prevent violence and avoid any escalation. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 24 JANUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

24 JANUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Farhan Haq at the podium
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General:
“The Secretary-General said that he is concerned about reports of casualties in the context of demonstrations and unrest in the country and he called for a transparent and independent investigation of these incidents. He urged all actors to lower tensions and pursue every effort to prevent violence and avoid any escalation and underlined the urgent need for all relevant actors to commit to inclusive and credible political dialogue to address the protracted crisis in the country, with full respect for the rule of law and human rights.”
4. Med shot, journalists
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General:
“We do have a permanent mission here and that remains the mission that we deal with. As the Secretary-General made clear in some comments that he made while in Davos today, sovereign governments have the possibility to decide whatever they want in relation to recognizing other governments. That is ultimately a matter between sovereign governments and we don’t intervene in that process. Representation at the UN follows certain rules. Different countries have credentials and of course there is a credentialed representative of Venezuela at the present moment.”
6. Med shot, journalists
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General:
“The UN good offices are always available if both parties avail themselves of that. The Secretary-General made that point again today. What he has been saying and emphasising is that he hopes the dialogue can be possible and that we avoid an escalation that would lead to the kind of conflict that would be a total disaster for the people of Venezuela and for the region as a whole.”
8. Med shot, journalists
9. Wide shot, Farhan Haq walks away from the podium

STORYLINE:

Secretary-General António Guterres expressed concern over reports of casualties in the context of demonstrations and unrest in Venezuela and called for a transparent and independent investigation of these incidents. He urged all actors to lower tensions and pursue every effort to prevent violence and avoid any escalation.

In a statement read by deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq, today (24 Jan), the Secretary-General underlined “the urgent need for all relevant actors to commit to inclusive and credible political dialogue to address the protracted crisis in the country, with full respect for the rule of law and human rights.”

After national assembly speaker Juan Guaidó swore himself in as the nation’s interim leader, giving Venezuela two heads of state, Haq was asked who would represent the country at the United Nations.

Haq replied that the permanent mission in New York “remains the mission that we deal with.”

He said, “representation at the UN follows certain rules. Different countries have credentials and of course there is a credentialed representative of Venezuela at the present moment.”

Regarding UN mediation, the spokesperson said, “the UN good offices are always available if both parties avail themselves of that. The Secretary-General made that point again today. What he has been saying and emphasising is that he hopes the dialogue can be possible and that we avoid an escalation that would lead to the kind of conflict that would be a total disaster for the people of Venezuela and for the region as a whole.”

Twelve nations and the European Union (EU) have said that they recognize Guaidó as the legitimate President of Venezuela.
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