UN / SYRIA SECURITY COUNCIL

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After a closed-door meeting on Syria held on Wednesday, the UN Security Council issued a statement in which it “expressed deep concern over the risk of the dispersion of terrorists from UN designated groups including ISIL,” and it is also “very concerned over the risk of further deterioration of the humanitarian situation,” amid Turkey’s offensive into northeast Syria. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 16 OCTOBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Exterior shot, UN Headquarters

16 OCTOBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Zoom in, Matjila going to stakeout
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Jerry Matthews Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations and President of the Security Council:
“So, the Council expressed deep concern over the risk of the dispersion of terrorists from UN designated groups including ISIL and are also very concerned over the risk of further deterioration of the humanitarian situation.”
4. Wide shot, EU representatives at the stakeout
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Christoph Heusgen, Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations:
“We, the six of us, recalled the conclusions of the Foreign Affairs Council on Monday in which the EU and its member states condemned Turkey’s unilateral military action in northeast Syria and urged Turkey to cease it. We deeply regret that Turkey has not responded yet to these repeated appeals from its allies. We do not believe Turkey’s unilateral military action will resolve its underlining security concerns. Turkey’s unilateral military action seriously undermines the stability and security of the whole region, resulting in more civilian suffering, displacement and to severe hindering access to humanitarian assistance.”
6. Wide shot, EU representatives at the stakeout
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Christoph Heusgen, Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations:
“Turkey is a key partner of the European Union and NATO ally and a critically important actor in the Syrian crisis and the region. We recognize Turkey’s important role as a host country of Syrian refugees. We remain committed to the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Syrian state. These can be assured only through a genuine political transition in line with the Security Council resolution 2254 and the 2012 Geneva communiqué.”
8. Zoom in, Craft going to stakeout
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Kelly Craft, Permanent Representative of the US to the United Nations:
“Turkey’s military offensive into northeast Syria is undermining the campaign to defeat ISIS, endangering innocent civilians, and threatening peace, security, and stability in the region. We have made it clear with Turkey that any actions in northeast Syria in violation of international law, including international humanitarian law, are unacceptable. This includes but is not limited to targeting the Kurdish population, religious minorities including Christians, and civilian infrastructure, and ensuring that no humanitarian crisis takes place. Officials and individuals responsible for human rights abuses will be and must be held accountable.”
10. Med shot, Craft at the stakeout
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Kelly Craft, Permanent Representative of the US to the United Nations:
“We continue to call on Turkey to take the following critical steps: cease undermining the campaign to defeat ISIS, cease endangering civilians, cease threatening peace, security, and stability in the region and cease its offensive and declare a ceasefire immediately. Thank you.”
12. Zoom out Craft leaving

STORYLINE:

After a closed-door meeting on Syria held on Wednesday, the UN Security Council issued a statement in which it “expressed deep concern over the risk of the dispersion of terrorists from UN designated groups including ISIL,” and it is also “very concerned over the risk of further deterioration of the humanitarian situation,” amid Turkey’s offensive into northeast Syria.

The statement was read by the Council’s President for the month of October, Jerry Matthews Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the UN from the Security Council’s stakeout.

Matjila said “the Council expressed deep concern over the risk of the dispersion of terrorists from UN designated groups including ISIL and are also very concerned over the risk of further deterioration of the humanitarian situation.”

The EU members of the Council – who have called for the meeting in the first place, were joined by the representative of Estonia at the stakeout, where the German ambassador to the UN Christoph Heusgen read a statement on behalf of the EU.

Heusgen said the EU and its member states “condemned Turkey’s unilateral military action in northeast Syria and urged Turkey to cease it.”

“We deeply regret that Turkey has not responded yet to these repeated appeals from its allies,” said the German ambassador. “We do not believe Turkey’s unilateral military action will resolve its underlining security concerns. Turkey’s unilateral military action seriously undermines the stability and security of the whole region, resulting in more civilian suffering, displacement and to severe hindering access to humanitarian assistance,” he said.

Heusgen also said “Turkey is a key partner of the European Union and NATO ally and a critically important actor in the Syrian crisis and the region. We recognize Turkey’s important role as a host country of Syrian refugees. We remain committed to the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Syrian state. These can be assured only through a genuine political transition in line with the Security Council resolution 2254 and the 2012 Geneva communiqué.”

Also speaking at the stakeout, the US ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft said “Turkey’s military offensive into northeast Syria is undermining the campaign to defeat ISIS, endangering innocent civilians, and threatening peace, security, and stability in the region.”

“We have made it clear with Turkey that any actions in northeast Syria in violation of international law, including international humanitarian law, are unacceptable,” said Craft. “This includes but is not limited to targeting the Kurdish population, religious minorities including Christians, and civilian infrastructure, and ensuring that no humanitarian crisis takes place. Officials and individuals responsible for human rights abuses will be and must be held accountable,” she said and added that the US has already imposed sanctions on three senior Turkish officials and two government ministries.

Craft underlined the “critical steps” for Turkey to undertake: “cease undermining the campaign to defeat ISIS, cease endangering civilians, cease threatening peace, security, and stability in the region and cease its offensive and declare a ceasefire immediately.”
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