UN / SYRIA POLITICAL PROCESS

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The Deputy Special Envoy for Syria, Khawla Matar, told the Security Council that Special Envoy Geir Pedersen had met today in Damascus with Foreign Minister Walid Muallem and had agreed “on the importance of strict observance of the agreed Terms of Reference and Rules of Procedure” and “is working to narrow the differences and hopes to be in a position to convene the Constitutional Committee shortly.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 29 JANUARY 2020, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Aerial shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

29 JANUARY 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, Syrian Ambassador
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Khawla Matar, United Nations Deputy Special Envoy for Syria:
“The Special Envoy and Syrian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Moallem agreed in Damascus today on the importance of strict observance of the agreed Terms of Reference and Rules of Procedure. They also discussed all issues related to the overall political process. After communications with the Co-Chair nominated by the Syrian Negotiations Commission in late December and talks today in Damascus with the Co-Chair nominated by the Government of Syria, the Special Envoy is working to narrow the differences and hopes to be in a position to convene the Constitutional Committee shortly.”
5. Med shot, Council President
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Khawla Matar, United Nations Deputy Special Envoy for Syria:
“Let us recall however that there is a grave and, in many ways, worsening situation on the ground. The alarming scale of military operations in the north-west has resulted in devastating humanitarian consequences for the three million people in the Idlib area, including hundreds of thousands of displaced; reported airstrikes, including on civilian infrastructure; mutual shelling; and civilian deaths in and around the north-west.”
7. Med shot, delegates
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Khawla Matar, United Nations Deputy Special Envoy for Syria:
“De-escalating violence, leading to a cessation of hostilities, across all Syria, is more critical than ever. And the presence of five foreign armies operating in Syria is a reminder of the continuing dangers the crisis presents to international peace and security and the challenges to the restoration of Syria’s sovereignty.”
9. Med shot, delegates
10. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Bashar Jaafari, Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations:
“Nine lean year have passed in which four Secretary-General Special Envoys have been appointed. Each of them tried to find their magical recipe to solve what has been called the Syrian crisis. Unfortunately they did not succeed in their noble mission because some, inside and outside this Council, have prioritized the law of power over the power of the law, through which they disregard the provisions of the Charter, the principles of international law, and good neighbourly relations; all this at the expense of Syria’s stability, its regional role, and the blood of its citizens.”
11. Wide shot, Council

STORYLINE:

The Deputy Special Envoy for Syria, Khawla Matar, told the Security Council that the Special Envoy Geir Pedersen had met today (29 Jan) in Damascus with Foreign Minister Walid Muallem and had agreed “on the importance of strict observance of the agreed Terms of Reference and Rules of Procedure” and “is working to narrow the differences and hopes to be in a position to convene the Constitutional Committee shortly.”

Matar recalled “that there is a grave and, in many ways, worsening situation on the ground.” He said, “the alarming scale of military operations in the north-west has resulted in devastating humanitarian consequences for the three million people in the Idlib area, including hundreds of thousands of displaced; reported airstrikes, including on civilian infrastructure; mutual shelling; and civilian deaths in and around the north-west.”

Matar said, “de-escalating violence, leading to a cessation of hostilities, across all Syria, is more critical than ever,” and added that “the presence of five foreign armies operating in Syria is a reminder of the continuing dangers the crisis presents to international peace and security and the challenges to the restoration of Syria’s sovereignty.”

For his part, Syrian Ambassador Bashar Jaafari said, “nine lean year have passed in which four Secretary-General Special Envoys have been appointed. Each of them tried to find their magical recipe to solve what has been called the Syrian crisis. Unfortunately they did not succeed in their noble mission because some, inside and outside this Council, have prioritized the law of power over the power of the law, through which they disregard the provisions of the Charter, the principles of international law, and good neighbourly relations; all this at the expense of Syria’s stability, its regional role, and the blood of its citizens.”

Pedersen was preceded as Special Envoy by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Lakhdar Brahimi, and Staffan de Mistura.
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