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German Minister for Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas said, “in the midst of the pandemic, it is our generation that faces a choice. Either we go it alone, without taking others into consideration, and throw this multilateral legacy to the winds. Or we renew this legacy and show that the right response to the crises of our age is more solidarity, more cooperation and more justice.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 29 SEPTEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE – RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1.Wide shot, United Nations Headquarters

29 SEPTEMBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
3.SOUNDBITE (Germany) Heiko Maas, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Germany:
“In the midst of the pandemic, it is our generation that faces a choice. Either we go it alone, without taking others into consideration, and throw this multilateral legacy to the winds. Or we renew this legacy and show that the right response to the crises of our age is more solidarity, more cooperation and more justice.”
4.Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
5.SOUNDBITE (Germany) Heiko Maas, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Germany:
“This isn’t the first time that we have been confronted by a violation of an existential principle of international cooperation, namely the banning of chemical weapons. A violation of this – as we have been able to prove together with our partners in the poisoning of Alexei Navalny – is a problem for the entire international community. I call on Russia to do more to investigate this case. A case such as this must have consequences. The EU therefore reserves the right to impose sanctions. And we’re grateful to our partners around the world for their unequivocal support.”
6.Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
7.SOUNDBITE (Germany) Heiko Maas, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Germany:
“However, the destruction of the JCPOA doesn’t get us any closer to an arms embargo. On the contrary, at best, the JCPOA’s demise brings Iran closer to getting the atomic bomb. And this is why we, as JCPOA participants, continue to stand by its full applicability and call on Iran to likewise fully comply with the agreement.”
8.Wide shot, General Assembly Hall

STORYLINE:

Germany Minister for Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas said, “in the midst of the pandemic, it is our generation that faces a choice. Either we go it alone, without taking others into consideration, and throw this multilateral legacy to the winds. Or we renew this legacy and show that the right response to the crises of our age is more solidarity, more cooperation and more justice.”

In a video message today (29 Sep), Foreign Minister Maasstated that “this isn’t the first time that we have been confronted by a violation of an existential principle of international cooperation, namely the banning of chemical weapons.”

He said, “a violation of this – as we have been able to prove together with our partners in the poisoning of Alexei Navalny – is a problem for the entire international community.”

He called on Russia to “do more to investigate this case. A case such as this must have consequences.”

Maas stated, “the EU therefore reserves the right to impose sanctions. And we’re grateful to our partners around the world for their unequivocal support.”

Foreign Minister Maas also said that the continuing violation of arms control treaties destroys trust that has been built up over many decades.

He said, “the destruction of the JCPOA doesn’t get us any closer to an arms embargo, adding that “on the contrary, at best, the JCPOA’s demise brings Iran closer to getting the atomic bomb.”

The Foreign Minister said, “we, as JCPOA participants, continue to stand by its full applicability and call on Iran to likewise fully comply with the agreement.”

Foreign Minister Maas’ comments were pre-recorded and aired in the General Assembly Hall as previously agreed by the General Assembly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the inability to gather world leaders in New York as customary, this year’s General Debate will witness the largest-ever participation of heads of states and government in UN history.
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