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Addressing a General Assembly Informal meeting on the situation in Syria, Secretary-General António Guterres said, “a decade of conflict, corruption, mismanagement, regional financial crises, sanctions, and the COVID-19 pandemic, have led to Syria’s economic meltdown and soaring poverty levels.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 30 MARCH 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

30 MARCH 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, General Assembly
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Today, millions inside the country — and millions of refugees outside — grapple with deep trauma, grinding poverty, personal insecurity and lack of hope for the future. A decade of conflict, corruption, mismanagement, regional financial crises, sanctions, and the COVID-19 pandemic, have led to Syria’s economic meltdown and soaring poverty levels. Nine in ten Syrians now live in poverty, with 60 percent of the population at risk of going hungry this year—the highest number ever in the history of the Syrian conflict.”
4. Wide shot, delegates
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“A large-scale cross-border response for an additional 12 months remains essential to save lives. A failure to extend the UN’s mandate would end the UN’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plans for millions of people in northwest Syria, and greatly diminish essential humanitarian operations. Food and other humanitarian aid deliveries by the United Nations would halt immediately. Less food will mean more suffering and more conflict.”
6. Wide shot, Guterres walks away from General Assembly podium
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States:
“The Assad regime will attempt to use the Syrian presidential election this May to legitimize its own rule. Do not be fooled: These elections will neither be free nor fair and will not be representative of the Syrian people. The United States also condemns the closure of Bab al Salam and al-Yaroubiya border crossings. Last December, the General Assembly adopted a resolution calling for the reauthorization of these crossings. Our message could not have been clearer. These continued closures have prevented vital humanitarian aid by the United States and by the United Nations. It is simply deplorable, and it has unnecessarily deepened the suffering of millions of Syrians.”
8. Wide shot, General Assembly
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Gennady V. Kuzmin, Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Russian Federation:
“Syria has been fighting for years externally funded by terrorist groups. The most difficult situation is in Idlib, which continues to be host to international terrorists led by a recognized UN terrorist organization, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham. Another major problem is the violation of the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity, its illegal occupation and the plundering of its natural resources. The international community should also be concerned about the human rights of children and women in refugee camps, in territories controlled by the United States, which carries the entire responsibility for what is happening there as an occupying power.”
10. Wide shot, General Assembly

STORYLINE:

Addressing a General Assembly Informal meeting on the situation in Syria, Secretary-General António Guterres today (30 Mar) said, “a decade of conflict, corruption, mismanagement, regional financial crises, sanctions, and the COVID-19 pandemic, have led to Syria’s economic meltdown and soaring poverty levels.”

Guterres said, “millions inside the country — and millions of refugees outside — grapple with deep trauma, grinding poverty, personal insecurity and lack of hope for the future.”

Nine in ten Syrians, he said, “live in poverty, with 60 percent of the population at risk of going hungry this year—the highest number ever in the history of the Syrian conflict.”

The Secretary-General highlighted the importance of extending “a large-scale cross-border response for an additional 12 months” in order to save lives.

He said, “a failure to extend the UN’s mandate would end the UN’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plans for millions of people in northwest Syria, and greatly diminish essential humanitarian operations. Food and other humanitarian aid deliveries by the United Nations would halt immediately. Less food will mean more suffering and more conflict.”

Briefing from the floor, United States Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s “regime will attempt to use the Syrian presidential election this May to legitimize its own rule, adding that presidential elections, scheduled to take place between 16 April and 16 May “will neither be free nor fair and will not be representative of the Syrian people.”

The United States, Thomas-Greenfield said, “also condemns the closure of Bab al Salam and al-Yaroubiya border crossings.” She said, “these continued closures have prevented vital humanitarian aid by the United States and by the United Nations. It is simply deplorable, and it has unnecessarily deepened the suffering of millions of Syrians.”

For his part, Russian Ambassador Gennady V. Kuzmin said, “Syria has been fighting for years externally funded by terrorist groups. The most difficult situation is in Idlib, which continues to be host to international terrorists led by a recognized UN terrorist organization, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham. Another major problem is the violation of the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity, its illegal occupation and the plundering of its natural resources. The international community should also be concerned about the human rights of children and women in refugee camps, in territories controlled by the United States, which carries the entire responsibility for what is happening there as an occupying power.”

Today’s meeting aimed to discuss the situation in Syria, including developments on the implementation of Security Council resolution 2254 (2015), on the humanitarian situation, and on human rights.
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