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The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Geir O. Pedersen, told the Security Council that the country “is a hot conflict, not a frozen one”, with airstrikes in the northwest picking up, intensified clashes around Afrin and the northeast, and exchanges of rocket fire and shelling across all frontlines. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 26 APRIL 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY
1. Wide shot, UN Headquarters, exterior

26 APRIL 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Geir O. Pedersen, Special Envoy for Syria, United Nations:
“Syria is a hot conflict, not a frozen one. We have seen airstrikes in the northwest pick up again and intensified clashes around Afrin and the northeast, amid continued exchanges of rocket fire and shelling across all frontlines, IEDs, car bombs and other security incidents.”
4. Med shot, Security Council President
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Geir O. Pedersen, Special Envoy for Syria, United Nations:
“Syria is still among the greatest humanitarian crises of our era. We should be appalled about what this means for Syrian civilians, who continue to be killed by violence, whose humanitarian suffering is at its highest levels since the conflict began, and millions of whom are displaced inside and outside the country.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Geir O. Pedersen, Special Envoy for Syria, United Nations:
“Therefore my message today is simple: focus on Syria. The current strategic stalemate on the ground and Syria’s absence from the headlines should not mislead anyone into thinking that the conflict needs less attention or fewer resources, or that a political solution is not urgent. Indeed, a conflict of this scale requires a comprehensive political solution in line with Security Council resolution 2254.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Joyce Msuya, Assistant-Secretary-General For Humanitarian Affairs And Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“As the eyes of the world turn to other conflicts, Syria is on the verge of becoming yet another forgotten crisis. Yet millions of Syrians struggle each month to survive, to feed their families and to provide a future for their children. For many, their situation has never been more dire since violence erupted in 2011.”

FILE - NEW YORK CITY

10. Wide shot, UN Headquarters, exterior

STORYLINE:

The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Geir O. Pedersen, told the Security Council that the country “is a hot conflict, not a frozen one”, with airstrikes in the northwest picking up, intensified clashes around Afrin and the northeast, and exchanges of rocket fire and shelling across all frontlines.

For Pedersen, “Syria is still among the greatest humanitarian crises of our era” and he believes the world “should be appalled about what this means for Syrian civilians, who continue to be killed by violence, whose humanitarian suffering is at its highest levels since the conflict began, and millions of whom are displaced inside and outside the country.”

Because of all that, he said his message was “simple”: “focus on Syria.”

“The current strategic stalemate on the ground and Syria’s absence from the headlines should not mislead anyone into thinking that the conflict needs less attention or fewer resources, or that a political solution is not urgent, Pedersen said. “Indeed, a conflict of this scale requires a comprehensive political solution in line with Security Council resolution 2254.”

The Assistant-Secretary-General For Humanitarian Affairs And Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Joyce Msuya, said that, as the eyes of the world turn to other conflicts, “Syria is on the verge of becoming yet another forgotten crisis.”
Msuya informed the Council that, as the economic and food security outlook worsens, the resources available for the emergency response are dwindling.

According to the Assistant-Secretary-General, 4.1 million people in north-west Syria need humanitarian aid and almost a million people are living in tents, half of which are beyond their normal lifespan. Most are women and children.
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