UN / GUTERRES PRESS CONFERENCE

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Secretary-General António Guterres said the United Nations "has a key role to play in humanitarian aid" in Afghanistan and that "it was our duty to engage with the Taliban to create the conditions" to deliver aid. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 10 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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10 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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3. Med shot, photographer
4. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The UN has a key role to play in humanitarian aid to a people that is now in a desperate situation. Desperate situation. And so, we decided that it was our duty to engage the Taliban, to create the conditions for the possibility of effective humanitarian aid, impartial, to reach all areas and to take into account our concerns in relation to women and girls, for instance, to engage the Taliban. That's the reason why I sent Martin Griffiths to Kabul.”
5. Med shot, reporter
6. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“What would be positive is to have simultaneously the formation in Afghanistan of an inclusive government - the fact that that government respects international commitments made by the Afghan State, and that a number of the concerns that we have expressed about terrorism, human rights, etc., are taken into account, and that that leads to a normalisation of the relations of the international community with Afghanistan. So, these are two things that are interlinked, and they depend on how they evolve.”
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8. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I think it is essential to find ways, through some waivers or through some mechanisms - we managed in Yemen to agree on some mechanisms - that would allow to inject some cash in the Afghan economy to avoid its meltdown. That, of course, doesn't mean recognition of anything; it doesn't mean any particular choice.”
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10. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The war must end; it doesn't make any sense; there is no military solution. Humanitarian aid needs to reach everybody, everywhere, and it's not the case at the present moment. And the Ethiopians must have a serious Ethiopian-led dialogue to solve their problems with the support of the African Union, the UN and all other entities. For the moment, I think both sides have not yet understood that there is no military solution. There have been terrible violations of human rights, apparently now from both sides.”
11. Wide shot, reporters
12. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The climate conference is not a bilateral issue; it is a multilateral issue. We understand that there are problems in the relations between the US and China, but those problems do not interfere with the needs of both the US and China to do everything possible to make sure that the COP is a success, independently of the relations between the two, and, of course, we need a stronger engagement of the US, namely in financing for development, for climate-related development issues, mitigation, adaptation, and we need an additional effort from China in relation to emissions.”
13. Med shot, reporters
14. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Those countries should be able to work with the companies in order to make sure that all the vaccine production capacity in the world is used, paying the fees that are necessary, and that the mechanisms of technical support are put in place in order to guarantee that the vaccines are safe and can be used.”
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STORYLINE:

Secretary-General António Guterres today (10 Sep) said the United Nations "has a key role to play in humanitarian aid" in Afghanistan and that "it was our duty to engage with the Taliban to create the conditions" to deliver aid.

Guterres said, “the UN has a key role to play in humanitarian aid to a people that is now in a desperate situation. Desperate situation. And so, we decided that it was our duty to engage the Taliban, to create the conditions for the possibility of effective humanitarian aid, impartial, to reach all areas and to take into account our concerns in relation to women and girls, for instance, to engage the Taliban. That's the reason why I sent Martin Griffiths to Kabul.”

The Secretary-General said, “what would be positive is to have simultaneously the formation in Afghanistan of an inclusive government - the fact that that government respects international commitments made by the Afghan State, and that a number of the concerns that we have expressed about terrorism, human rights, etc., are taken into account, and that that leads to a normalisation of the relations of the international community with Afghanistan.”

He said it was “essential to find ways, through some waivers or through some mechanisms” that would allow cash to be injected into the Afghan economy in order “to avoid its meltdown.”

Urning to the situation in Tigray, he said, “the war must end; it doesn't make any sense; there is no military solution. Humanitarian aid needs to reach everybody, everywhere, and it's not the case at the present moment. And the Ethiopians must have a serious Ethiopian-led dialogue to solve their problems with the support of the African Union, the UN, and all other entities. For the moment, I think both sides have not yet understood that there is no military solution. There have been terrible violations of human rights, apparently now from both sides.”

Asked about differences between China and the United States ahead of the Glasgow Climate Summit, Guterres said, “the climate conference is not a bilateral issue; it is a multilateral issue. We understand that there are problems in the relations between the US and China, but those problems do not interfere with the needs of both the US and China to do everything possible to make sure that the COP is a success, independently of the relations between the two, and, of course, we need a stronger engagement of the US, namely in financing for development, for climate-related development issues, mitigation, adaptation, and we need an additional effort from China in relation to emissions.”

On vaccine equity, he said countries with the capacity to manufacture vaccines “should be able to work with the companies in order to make sure that all the vaccine production capacity in the world is used, paying the fees that are necessary, and that the mechanisms of technical support are put in place in order to guarantee that the vaccines are safe and can be used.”
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