UN / AFGHANISTAN UPDATE

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Secretary-General António Guterres is “following with deep concern” the latest developments in Afghanistan, including the fighting in Herat and Kandahar, and expressed hope that the discussions this week in Doha “will restore the pathway to a negotiated settlement to the conflict,” his spokesperson said. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 12 AUGUST 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

12 AUGUST 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, spokesperson Stephane Dujarric at the dais
3. Wide shot, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General:
“The Secretary-General is following with deep concern developments in Afghanistan, including the latest fighting in Herat and Kandahar. We are particularly concerned about the shift of fighting to urban areas, where the potential for civilian harm is even greater. We hope that the discussions this week in Doha between representatives of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban along with regional and international envoys, will restore the pathway to a negotiated settlement to the conflict.”
5. Med shot, reporters
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General:
“We are continuing to engage with the Taliban in Doha. I mean, we are continuing to believe that there is a political solution that can be had. This doesn’t mean that we are also blind to what is going on the ground. We are not blind to the suffering of the civilians who are caught in crossfire in urban environments. As to whether or not they have breached an agreement sign with the US, that is for the parties who signed the agreement to declare whether or not a party is in breach.”
7. Wide shot, Dujarric at the dais
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General:
“Many people are arriving in Kabul and other large cities, seeking safety from the conflict and other threats. With 18.4 million people already in need of humanitarian assistance, and conflict displacement of up to 390,000 people this year alone, humanitarian organizations continue to operate in Afghanistan. Inter-agency assessments are ongoing in the field, focusing on displacement, conflict, floods, gender issues and protection monitoring to determine the humanitarian needs and immediate response requirements.”
9. Med shot, journalist
10. Zoom out, end of presser

STORYLINE:

Secretary-General António Guterres is “following with deep concern” the latest developments in Afghanistan, including the fighting in Herat and Kandahar, and expressed hope that the discussions this week in Doha “will restore the pathway to a negotiated settlement to the conflict,” his spokesperson said today (12 Aug).

Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said, “we are particularly concerned about the shift of fighting to urban areas, where the potential for civilian harm is even greater.”

Dujarric said, “we are continuing to engage with the Taliban in Doha” and “continuing to believe that there is a political solution that can be had.”

He added, “this doesn’t mean that we are also blind to what is going on the ground. We are not blind to the suffering of the civilians who are caught in crossfire in urban environments.”

Asked about the agreement signed by the Taliban and the United States, Dujarric said, “that is for the parties who signed the agreement to declare whether or not a party is in breach.”

On the humanitarian front, the spokesperson said, “many people are arriving in Kabul and other large cities, seeking safety from the conflict and other threats. With 18.4 million people already in need of humanitarian assistance, and conflict displacement of up to 390,000 people this year alone, humanitarian organizations continue to operate in Afghanistan. Inter-agency assessments are ongoing in the field, focusing on displacement, conflict, floods, gender issues and protection monitoring to determine the humanitarian needs and immediate response requirements.”

According to news reports, the Taliban has claimed control over the city of Herat is closing in on Kandahar, Afghanistan’s second largest city.
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