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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is deeply concerned about the violence witnessed in Beirut today and called on all concerned to “immediately cease acts of violence and refrain from any provocative actions or inflammatory rhetoric,” according to a spokesperson. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 14 OCTOBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

14 OCTOBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press room
3. Wide shot, journalists
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
"I was asked by a number of you about the situation in Lebanon, and I can say that the Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the current violence that we have seen in Beirut today. We call on all concerned to immediately cease acts of violence and refrain from any provocative actions or inflammatory rhetoric. The Secretary-General reiterates the need for an impartial, thorough, and transparent investigation into the explosion of the Port of Beirut that took place last year. The Special Coordinator for Lebanon Joanna Wronecka also responded to the violence today, she condemned the use of armed violence outside of state authority and underscored the need for restraint, for maintaining calm and stability and ensuring the protection of civilians. The Special Coordinator underscored the utmost responsibility of Lebanon's leaders to place the interest of the country first and foremost at this critical juncture. She said and I quote: 'Now is the time for all sides to support judicial independence in the interest of the people."
4. Med shot, journalist asking questions
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
"The last thing we would want to do is to abandon the people of Lebanon. We have very much been focused on their humanitarian needs, on supporting - and I would say speaking with one voice on Lebanon there is a mechanism, the International Support Group for Lebanon which has been extremely coordinated. Let me put it this way, the International Support Group has been very strong in making it clear that Lebanese political leaders have responsibilities, that they need to live up to those responsibilities. That includes listening to the very legitimate needs of the people of Lebanon, and also includes - in particular with the developments we've seen - ensuring that there is an independent judiciary; and that they are able to carry out the investigation into the Beirut Port explosion which killed so many people, and left hundreds if not thousands with scars whether they be physical or psychological."
6. Wide shot, press room

STORYLINE:

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is deeply concerned about the violence witnessed in Beirut today and called on all concerned to “immediately cease acts and violence and refrain from any provocative actions or inflammatory rhetoric,” according to a spokesperson.

Speaking to reporters in New York, UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric the Secretary-General reiterated the need for “an impartial, thorough, and transparent investigation into the explosion of the Port of Beirut that took place last year.”

UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Joanna Wronecka also responded to the violence today. “She condemned the use of armed violence outside of state authority and underscored the need for restraint, for maintaining calm and stability and ensuring the protection of civilians,” Dujarric said.

The Special Coordinator underscored the utmost responsibility of Lebanon's leaders to place the interest of the country first and foremost at this critical juncture. Dujarric quoted her in saying, “Now is the time for all sides to support judicial independence in the interest of the people.”

Responding to questions from journalists, Dujarric said the “last thing” the international community would want to do is to abandon the people of Lebanon. He said the International Support Group for Lebanon has been very “strong in making it clear that Lebanese political leaders have responsibilities, that they need to live up to those responsibilities. That includes listening to the very legitimate needs of the people of Lebanon, and also includes - in particular with the developments we've seen - ensuring that there is an independent judiciary; and that they are able to carry out the investigation into the Beirut Port explosion which killed so many people, and left hundreds if not thousands with scars whether they be physical or psychological."
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