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The United Nations Special Envoy on Syria announced that in one month he would convene 150 Syrian men and women for the launch of a Syrian-led, Syrian-owned, credible, balanced and inclusive Constitutional Committee facilitated by the United Nations in Geneva. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 30 SEPTEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

30 SEPTEMBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Wide shot, Geir O. Pedersen, United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, approaches Security Council table
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Geir O. Pedersen, United Nations Special Envoy for Syria:
“In one month, on 30th October 2019, I intend to convene 150 Syrian men and women for the launch of a Syrian-led, Syrian-owned, credible, balanced and inclusive Constitutional Committee facilitated by the United Nations in Geneva.”
5. Wide shot, Security Council
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Geir O. Pedersen, United Nations Special Envoy for Syria:
“Seizing this opportunity will not be easy. Syria remains in the gravest crisis, with violence and terrorism continuing, five international armies operating on its territory, appalling suffering and abuses, a deeply divided society, and a sense of despair among its people inside and outside the country. Trust and confidence is almost non-existent. The Constitutional Committee will really matter if it becomes a step along the difficult path out of this conflict and to a new Syria.
7. Med shot, Bashar Ja'afari, Permanent Representative of Syria to the United Nations
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Kelly Craft, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations:
“If there is one party that consistently fails to act in good faith, it is Iran. So it is ironic that the State responsible for much of the carnage in Syria and for most of the conflicts today in the Middle East, sits before this very Council today presumably to lecture us on the path to peace in Syria.”
9. Wide shot, Security Council
10. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vershinin Sergey Vasilievich, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Russian Federation:
“It was said that it was ‘strange’ that the representative of Iran is here with us. I think it was strange to have heard those words. Iran, as a member of the Astana troika, has done a lot to help eradicate terrorism in Syria. But I do remember that some Western members of the Small Group – it’s difficult to recall what they have done to launch the political process and create the conditions for that. People love lecturing but are reluctant to truly act, and I hope that this will change.”
11. Pan right, Security Council members
12. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Bashar Ja'afari, Permanent Representative of Syria to the United Nations:
“The success of any process in Syria requires the end of the illegitimate presence of the U.S., UK, French and Turkish forces in Syrian territory. Our faith in the importance of the progress in the political process does not mean in any way whatsoever that we relinquish our right and our constitutional commitment to liberate every single inch of our territory from terrorism and the illegitimate military presence.”
13. Wide shot, Security Council
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Gholamhossein Dehghani, Deputy Minister for Legal and International Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran:
“The Saudis must be held to account for all their support for terrorism and all other crimes that they are committing in the region from Syria to Yemen. Instead of lying, disinformation campaigns and preaching to others, this abnormal regime must stop supporting terrorists, killing innocent children and destroying mosques, schools and hospitals in Yemen and elsewhere in our region.”
15. Wide shot, Security Council
16. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Abdallah Y. Al-Mouallimi, Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations:
“This regime is shedding false tears on Yemen it has never given anything to Yemen except for live bullets, destruction. Similarly in Syria, they only spread terrorism there. In Iraq, it continues to destabilize this Arab country.”
17. Zoom out, Security Council
STORYLINE:

The United Nations Special Envoy on Syria on Monday (30 Sep) announced that in one month he would convene 150 Syrian men and women for the launch of a Syrian-led, Syrian-owned, credible, balanced and inclusive Constitutional Committee facilitated by the United Nations in Geneva.

Addressing the Security Council, Geir O. Pedersen, United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, warned that seizing this opportunity would not be easy. He said, “The Constitutional Committee will really matter if it becomes a step along the difficult path out of this conflict and to a new Syria.”

Kelly Craft, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations, said, “If there is one party that consistently fails to act in good faith, it is Iran. So it is ironic that the State responsible for much of the carnage in Syria and for most of the conflicts today in the Middle East, sits before this very Council today presumably to lecture us on the path to peace in Syria.”

The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Vershinin Sergey Vasilievich, said, “It was said that it was ‘strange’ that the representative of Iran is here with us. I think it was strange to have heard those words. Iran, as a member of the Astana troika, has done a lot to help eradicate terrorism in Syria. But I do remember that some Western members of the Small Group – it’s difficult to recall what they have done to launch the political process and create the conditions for that. People love lecturing but are reluctant to truly act, and I hope that this will change.”

Sedat Önal, Deputy Foreign Minister of Turkey, said his country “is determined to tackle the threats emanating from the conflict. Terrorist elements, be it in Idlib or in the northeast, be it DAESH or PYD/YPG, should have no place in Syria.”

Bashar Ja'afari, Syria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, said, “We do not want any untrue partners who are only trying to impose the agendas of their paymasters or any other conditions which are taken as a pretext for aggression.”

He added, “The success of any process in Syria requires the end of the illegitimate presence of the U.S., UK, French and Turkish forces in Syrian territory. Our faith in the importance of the progress in the political process does not mean in any way whatsoever that we relinquish our right and our constitutional commitment to liberate every single inch of our territory from terrorism and the illegitimate military presence.”

Gholamhossein Dehghani, Deputy Minister for Legal and International Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, said, “The Saudis must be held to account for all their support for terrorism and all other crimes that they are committing in the region from Syria to Yemen. Instead of lying, disinformation campaigns and preaching to others, this abnormal regime must stop supporting terrorists, killing innocent children and destroying mosques, schools and hospitals in Yemen and elsewhere in our region.”

Abdallah Y. Al-Mouallimi, Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations, said, “This regime is shedding false tears on Yemen it has never given anything to Yemen except for live bullets, destruction. Similarly in Syria, they only spread terrorism there. In Iraq, it continues to destabilize this Arab country.”

The Special Envoy appealed to the Council to unite behind a revitalized effort by the United Nations with the parties to move forward the Geneva political process.

Announcing the agreement last week, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said the launch of the Syrian-owned and Syrian-led Constitutional Committee could and must be the beginning of the political path out of the tragedy towards a solution, in line with resolution 2254, that meets the legitimate aspirations of all Syrians and is based on a strong commitment to the country’s sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity.
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