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24-Mar-2022 00:03:04
The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Geir O. Pedersen, told the Security Council, “It is clear that no one actor or existing group of actors in Syria can determine the outcome of this conflict. A military solution is an illusion. This was always the case, but it is now plain for all to see.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 24 MARCH 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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1. Wide shot, UN Headquarters, exterior

24 MARCH 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Geir O. Pedersen, Special Envoy for Syria, United Nations:
“It is clear that no one actor or existing group of actors in Syria can determine the outcome of this conflict. A military solution is an illusion. This was always the case, but it is now plain for all to see. There have been no shifts in frontlines for two years now. Yet this past month, violence has continued between the different Syrian actors, two listed terrorist groups, and involving five foreign armies too. With front lines frozen, there is every reason to try to de-escalate militarily and to build a true nationwide ceasefire. Likewise, with listed terrorist groups still a threat, parties share an interest and a duty to cooperate amongst themselves. Syrians on all sides continue to be affected by the plight of the detained, the abducted, and the missing. Any credible attempt to build trust and confidence must include serious steps forward on this issue.”
4. Wide shot, Griffith taking seat
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations:
“This month marks eleven years of war, destruction, and humanitarian crisis for the people of Syria. Such devastation finds few parallels in recent history. Over 350,000 people have been killed, and nearly 14 million people have been displaced from their homes. Basic services have been destroyed. Five million children born since the start of the conflict have known nothing but hardship and nothing but war.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations:
“14.6 million people are in need of humanitarian aid - more than at any time since the start of the conflict. Today’s crippling economic crisis continues to push humanitarian needs to new heights. Very high level of food insecurity, with 12 million people considered food insecure, that figure is at risk of rising further.”
8. Med shot, Sabbagh sitting
9. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Bassam Sabbagh, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Syria:
“The Syrian Arab Republic is committed to a political solution that is based on an intern Syrian national dialogue, a political process that the Syrian led and Syrian owned without any foreign interference, which would fulfill the aspirations of the Syrian people. A process that would fully respect the sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity of Syria.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council

STORYLINE:
The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Geir O. Pedersen, said, “It is clear that no one actor or existing group of actors in Syria can determine the outcome of this conflict. A military solution is an illusion. This was always the case, but it is now plain for all to see.”

Briefing the Security Council today (24 Mar), via videoconference on political developments in Syria, Pedersen noted that there have been no shifts in frontlines for two years now, “Yet this past month, violence has continued between the different Syrian actors, two listed terrorist groups, and involving five foreign armies too.”

He added, “With front lines frozen, there is every reason to try to de-escalate militarily and to build a true nationwide ceasefire. Likewise, with listed terrorist groups still a threat, parties share an interest and a duty to cooperate amongst themselves.

He highlighted that Syrians on all sides continue to be affected by the “plight of the detained, the abducted, and the missing. Any credible attempt to build trust and confidence must include serious steps forward on this issue.”

Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, said that the current month marks eleven years of “War, destruction, and humanitarian crisis for the people of Syria.

The Under-Secretary-General also said that “Over 350,000 people have been killed, and nearly 14 million people have been displaced from their homes. Basic services have been destroyed. Five million children born since the start of the conflict have known nothing but hardship and nothing but war.”

14.6 million people need humanitarian aid - more than at any time since the start of the conflict, according to Griffith, and 12 million people are food insecure.

He also explained that Syria's economy is spiraling further downward, pushing humanitarian needs to new heights.

The emergency Relief Coordinator also highlighted the importance of intensifying early recovery efforts while focusing on life-saving interventions and stressed the urgent need for funding and full humanitarian access to people in need.

Bassam Sabbagh, Permanent Representative of Syria to the United Nations, said to the Council that “The Syrian Arab Republic is committed to a political solution that is based on an intern Syrian national dialogue, a political process that the Syrian led and Syrian owned without any foreign interference, which would fulfill the aspirations of the Syrian people. A process that would fully respect the sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity of Syria.”
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