UN / MIDDLE EAST NUCLEAR WEAPONS

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The UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Izumi Nakamitsu, said, “Even wars have rules.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 13 NOVEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY
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1. Wide shot, exterior, UN flag at half-mast, UN Headquarters
2. Med shot, speakers, Trusteeship Council Chamber
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Izumi Nakamitsu, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, United Nations:
“In Gaza, as ground operations by the Israel Defense Forces intensify, the relentless
Israeli bombardment continues hitting civilians, hospitals, refugee camps, mosques,
churches, and UN facilities – including shelters. The Secretary-General is, and I am, deeply concerned about clear violations of international humanitarian law that we are witnessing in the ongoing conflict. Let me repeat the clear, unequivocal position of the United Nations that no party to an armed conflict is above international humanitarian law. Even wars have rules.”
3. Med shot, speakers, Trusteeship Council Chamber
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Izumi Nakamitsu, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, United Nations:
“Cool heads and diplomatic efforts must prevail. No effort should be spared to help pave the way to peace, to a two-state solution with Israelis and Palestinians living in peace and security. There is an enduring and urgent need to address the root causes of the conflict, including through a broader peace and security architecture in the region, of which a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction should be an important part.”
5. Med shot, speakers, Trusteeship Council Chamber
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Izumi Nakamitsu, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, United Nations:
“Any threat to use nuclear weapons is inadmissible. This further illustrates the urgency and imperative to achieve the objective of a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.”
7. Wide shot, Trusteeship Council Chamber
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Izumi Nakamitsu, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, United Nations:
“I reiterate the call for the full participation of all States in the region and urge the international community to provide their strong support to this process. The achievement of a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction will significantly contribute not only to global disarmament and non-proliferation process but also to peace and security of the Middle East and beyond.”
9. Wide shot, Trusteeship Council Chamber
10. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Taher El-Sonni, President, fourth session of the Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction / Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Libya:
“We cannot reduce the crisis to the event of October 7th. We must all remember that this conflict has lasted for 75 years of occupation, oppression, and usurpation. The world’s conscience must rise to the occasion. History is watching. Beware.”
11. Wide shot, Trusteeship Council Chamber

STORYLINE:

The UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Izumi Nakamitsu, said, “Even wars have rules.”

Addressing the Fourth Session of the Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction today (13 Nov), Nakamitsu said, “In Gaza, as ground operations by the Israel Defense Forces intensify, the relentless Israeli bombardment continues hitting civilians, hospitals, refugee camps, mosques, churches, and UN facilities – including shelters.”

She continued, “The Secretary-General is, and I am, deeply concerned about clear violations of international humanitarian law that we are witnessing in the ongoing conflict. Let me repeat the clear, unequivocal position of the United Nations that no party to an armed conflict is above international humanitarian law.”

She stated, “Any threat to use nuclear weapons is inadmissible. This further illustrates the urgency and imperative to achieve the objective of a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.”

She also recognized that the path toward the establishment of a Middle East zone through the elaboration of a legally binding treaty would not be “smooth sailing.”

According to Nakamitsu, the incremental approach this Conference has adopted is working well in preparing states to initiate future negotiations for a zone treaty.

She then reiterated the call for the full participation of all States in the region and urged the international community to support this process strongly.

She concluded, “The achievement of a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction will significantly contribute not only to global disarmament and non-proliferation process but also to peace and security of the Middle East and beyond.”

Taher El-Sonni, President of the fourth session of the Conference and Permanent Representative of Libya to the United Nations, said, “We cannot reduce the crisis to the event of October 7th. We must all remember that this conflict has lasted for 75 years of occupation, oppression, and usurpation. The world’s conscience must rise to the occasion. History is watching. Beware.”

The fourth session of the Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction will be held from 13 to 17 November 2023 at the United Nations Headquarters.
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