UN / VENEZUELA GUAIDO LETTER

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A United Nations Spokesperson confirmed that Secretary-General António Guterres had responded to an open letter sent by the President of Venezuela’s National Assembly, Juan Guaidó. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 31 JANUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

31 JANUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Stéphane Dujarric at the podium
3. Med shot, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General:
“The Secretary-General dis respond to the letter sent by Twitter by the President of the General Assembly, Juan Guaidó, which was sent early this week. The Secretary-General reiterated what he’s already said publicly in his letter, which is basically his concern regarding the crisis in the country and the impact that it is having with the Venezuela people. He said the United Nations is ready to increase its activities in Venezuela in the areas of humanitarian assistance and development. However, he said that for this, the United Nations needs the consent and the cooperation of the government. The Secretary-General again underscored that recognizing governments is not for the Secretariat but for Member States, and he noted that, in his relations with Member States, he respects decisions taken by, particularly, by the General Assembly and the Security Council. And he reiterated in his letter the availability of his good offices to help find a political solution.”
5. Med shot, journalists
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General:
“On the humanitarian issue, our colleagues at UNICEF and the Pan American Health Organization are scaling up assistance and are ready, subject to the availability of resources, to do more. We’ve already scaled up in terms of health, nutrition, protection, and we are continuing to increase them as much as possible.”
7. Wide shot, Dujarric at the podium

STORYLINE:

A United Nations Spokesperson today (31 Jan) confirmed that Secretary-General António Guterres had responded to an open letter sent by the President of Venezuela’s National Assembly, Juan Guaidó.

The letter, which Guaidó uploaded to Twitter, requested the United Nations to provide emergency humanitarian aid to Venezuela.

The Spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric said the Secretary-General had “reiterated what he’s already said publicly in his letter, which is basically his concern regarding the crisis in the country and the impact that it is having with the Venezuela people.”

The Secretary-General, Dujarric told reporters, said, “the United Nations is ready to increase its activities in Venezuela in the areas of humanitarian assistance and development” but for this to happen it needs “the consent and the cooperation of the government.”

He said, “the Secretary-General again underscored that recognizing governments is not for the Secretariat but for Member States, and he noted that, in his relations with Member States, he respects decisions taken by, particularly, by the General Assembly and the Security Council. And he reiterated in his letter the availability of his good offices to help find a political solution.”

On the humanitarian issue, Dujarric said, “our colleagues at UNICEF and the Pan American Health Organization are scaling up assistance and are ready, subject to the availability of resources, to do more,” adding, “we’ve already scaled up in terms of health, nutrition, protection, and we are continuing to increase them as much as possible.”
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