UKRAINE / GUTERRES PRESSER

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres held a press conference Thursday in Lviv, Ukraine, along with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. OCHA

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STORY: UKRAINE / GUTERRES PRESSER
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SOURCE: OCHA
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 18 AUGUST 2022, LVIV, UKRAINE

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1. Wide shot, Potocki Palace, Lviv, Ukraine
2. Wide shot, Secretary-General António Guterres exits car and meets Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine
3. Med shot, Secretary-General António Guterres and President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy speak inside the palace
4. Med shot, Secretary-General António Guterres, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy and President of Türkiye Recep Tayyip Erdoğan meet inside the palace
5. Med shot, Secretary-General António Guterres, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy and President of Türkiye Recep Tayyip Erdoğan walk to the press conference
6. Med shot, journalists inside the press room
7. Pan right, journalists and Secretary-General António Guterres, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy and President of Türkiye Recep Tayyip Erdoğan inside the press room
8. SOUNDBITE (Ukrainian) Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine:
“Ukraine values your presence here on this territory, on our territory, as well as highly values your efforts to restore the international order that was undermined and due to the illegal Russian war against our country, as well as the Russian terror that has been taking place already for 176 days.”
9. Close up, flags of Türkiye, Ukraine and the United Nations
10. SOUNDBITE (Turkish) Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President, Türkiye:
“We took the opportunity to reiterate our support for the Ukranian territorial integrity and sovereignty.”
11. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“In less than one month, 21 ships have departed from Ukrainian ports and 15 vessels have left Istanbul for Ukraine to load up with grain and other food supplies.”
12. Med shot, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy and President of Türkiye Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
13. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I am especially pleased that the first UN-chartered vessel carrying Ukrainian wheat is on its way to respond to the needs of people suffering from the worst drought in the Horn of Africa in decades. And as we speak more than 560,000 metric tons of grain and other food produced by Ukrainian farmers is making its way to markets around the world.”
14. Med shot, journalists in the audience
15. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“From day one, the members of the JCC (Joint Coordination Centre) have worked professionally and in good faith to keep the food flowing. I appeal for this to continue and for them to overcome all obstacles in a spirit of compromise and permanently settle all difficulties.”
16. Close up, members of the audience
17. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Getting food and fertilizer out of Ukraine and Russia in larger quantities is crucial to further calm commodity markets and to lower prices.”
18. Med shot, members of the audience
19. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“As I have stated time and time again, this invasion is a violation of the territorial integrity of Ukraine and of the United Nations Charter. The war brought numerous death, massive destruction and displacement, and dramatic violations of human rights. People need peace. Peace in line with the United Nations Charter. Peace in line with international law.”
20. Wide shot, journalists and members of the audience
21. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I remain gravely concerned about the unfolding situation in and around Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia. Common sense must prevail to avoid any actions that might endanger the physical integrity, safety or security of the nuclear plant. The facility must not be used as part of any military operation. Instead, agreement is urgently needed to reestablish Zaporizhzhia as purely civilian infrastructure and to ensure the safety of the area. In close contact with the IAEA, the UN Secretariat has assessed that we have in Ukraine the logistics and security capacity to support any IAEA mission to the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant from Kyiv, provided both Russia and Ukraine agree. In between, military equipment and personnel should be withdrawn from the plant. Further deployment of forces or equipment to the site must be avoided. The area needs to be demilitarized.We must tell it as it is – any potential damage to Zaporizhzhia is suicide.”
22. Med shot, members of the audience
23. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Today, I also discussed the investigation of the tragic incident in a detention facility in Olenivka on 29 July. What happened there is unacceptable. All prisoners of war are protected under International Humanitarian Law. The International Committee of the Red Cross must have access to them wherever they are kept. I've started to establish a fact-finding mission. The Terms of Reference of the mission were shared with Ukraine and the Russian Federation, as well as the make-up of the team.”
24. Med shot, Secretary-General António Guterres, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy and President of Türkiye Recep Tayyip Erdoğan shake hands

STORYLINE:

UN Secretary-General António Guterres held a press conference Thursday (18 Aug) in Lviv, Ukraine, along with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Zelenskyy told journalists his country values the presence of the Secretary-General in Ukraine.

The President said, “Ukraine values your presence here on this territory, on our territory, as well as highly values your efforts to restore the international order that was undermined and due to the illegal Russian war against our country, as well as the Russian terror that has been taking place already for 176 days.”

The President of Türkiye, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, took the opportunity to reiterate “support for the Ukranian territorial integrity and sovereignty.”

The Secretary-General reiterated that the United Nations will go on working in full solidarity with the Ukrainian people to mobilize all of our capacities and resources – alongside its national partners – to continue to provide humanitarian support to people in need, wherever it is required.

Guterres also underscored that the positive momentum on the food front reflects a victory for diplomacy and for multilateralism. Getting food and fertilizer out of Ukraine and Russia in larger quantities is crucial to further calm commodity markets and lower prices, Mr. Guterres said.

“It is essential to provide relief to the most vulnerable people and countries,” he added.

The Secretary-General said he had discussed the investigation of the tragic incident in a detention facility in Olenivka on 29 July. In relation to that, he announced that he intends to appoint General Carlos dos Santos Cruz of Brazil to lead a fact-finding mission.

In order for the mission to work, he told the press, it needs to have the necessary assurances to guarantee secure access to the site and any other relevant locations. To put it simply, the Secretary-General said, a fact-finding mission must be free to find the facts.

Guterres said he remains “gravely concerned” about the unfolding situation in and around Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhia.

“Common sense must prevail to avoid any actions that might endanger the physical integrity, safety or security of the nuclear plant. The facility must not be used as part of any military operation. Instead, agreement is urgently needed to reestablish Zaporizhzhia as purely civilian infrastructure and to ensure the safety of the area”, the UN chief said.

Guterres also stated that “the area needs to be demilitarized” and that “any potential damage to Zaporizhzhia is suicide.”

The Secretary-General arrived in Lviv Wednesday evening, and, earlier on Thursday, he briefly visited the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv.

Speaking to reporters afterwards, the Secretary-General noted the links between the United Nations and the university, adding that today, the contributions of civil society and of academia are increasingly essential in the development of modern democracies.
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