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The Deputy Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria, Najat Rochdi, told Security Council members that there is an urgent need for de-escalation in Syria and across the region, and that all actors – Syrian and non-Syrian – must exercise maximum restraint. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 28 NOVEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

28 NOVEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Najat Rochdi, Deputy Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria:
“Let me start with the ongoing and urgent need for de-escalation in Syria and across the region, which remains the most pressing matter at hand. We remain deeply concerned about the prospect of a potentially wider escalation in Syria. The effects of the tragic developments in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel continue to be felt inside Syria.”
4. Med shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Najat Rochdi, Deputy Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria:
“We hear from all concerned parties a clear message that they do not seek escalation. But this is simply not enough. Violence continues in Syria, including spillover from Gaza and Israel. To continue such violence is to play with fire. Just one miscalculation – one stray artillery shell or misjudged airstrike - could ignite a dozen different powder kegs that lie within Syrian borders.”
6. Med shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Najat Rochdi, Deputy Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria
“To conclude, I ask this Council and all stakeholders – Syrian and non-Syrian - to exercise maximum restraint and urgently make efforts to de-escalate the tense and dangerous situation in Syria. And in tandem, we need your full and unified support in getting a political process back up and running – in terms of the Constitutional Committee, step-for-step confidence building measures and a broader process on all issues of resolution 2254.”
8. Med shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Edem Wosornu, Director of Operations and Advocacy, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:
“In all, dozens of civilians have been killed and injured in the violence, and more than 120,000 people have been displaced. While majority have since managed to return to their homes, at least may be 1- percent people remain displaced. Some 5,000 of these are hosted in reception centres, while the rest are living in informal settlements.”
10. Med shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Edem Wosornu, Director of Operations and Advocacy, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:
“The people of Syria have suffered more than enough. Yet this winter, humanitarians are being asked to prioritize one vulnerable life over another. We are being forced to cut critical assistance programmes when there is little chance for the restoration of regular services. This is the stark reality of the current situation.”
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States:
“What’s more, Assad regime-led attacks, supported by Russian airstrikes concentrated in western portions of Idlib, have destroyed tents of displaced persons. We also condemn the attacks by Iranian-aligned militia groups on U.S. personnel and facilities in Iraq and Syria. The mission of these U.S. forces remains to lead the international effort to defeat Da’esh. Just like any other Member State, the United States has the right to self-defense, as outlined in Article 51 of the UN Charter. We have, therefore, conducted targeted response strikes. And we stand ready to take further action, as necessary and appropriate, to address further threats of attacks.”
13. Med shot, Security Council
14. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Alhakam Dandy, Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Syrian Arab Republic:
“Furthermore, Israel persists in its crimes and aggression against Syria, the last of which was the aggression two days ago in the broad daylight against the international airport of Damascus and locations in rural Damascus that were targeted by rockets. Decommissioning the airport, again only a few hours after the resumption of its operations, ended navigation.”
15. Med shot, Security Council
16. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Alhakam Dandy, Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Syrian Arab Republic:
“The US has aggressed the independence sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria, they have led a coalition to fight terrorists ISIS, but facts have shown that the real goal of this coalition was only to support terrorism and to destabilize the security and safety of Syria to serve the interests of the US and the Israeli entity.”
17. Wide shot, end of meeting


STORYLINE:

The Deputy Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria, Najat Rochdi, told Security Council members that there is an urgent need for de-escalation in Syria and across the region, and that all actors – Syrian and non-Syrian – must exercise maximum restraint.

Briefing the Security Council today (28 Nov) on the situation in Syria, Rochdi said, “Let me start with the ongoing and urgent need for de-escalation in Syria and across the region, which remains the most pressing matter at hand.”

She continued, “We remain deeply concerned about the prospect of a potentially wider escalation in Syria. The effects of the tragic developments in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel continue to be felt inside Syria.”

Rochdi said, “We hear from all concerned parties a clear message that they do not seek escalation. But this is simply not enough. Violence continues in Syria, including spillover from Gaza and Israel. To continue such violence is to play with fire.”

She stressed, “Just one miscalculation – one stray artillery shell or misjudged airstrike - could ignite a dozen different powder kegs that lie within Syrian borders.”

The Deputy Special Envoy concluded, “I ask this Council and all stakeholders – Syrian and non-Syrian - to exercise maximum restraint and urgently make efforts to de-escalate the tense and dangerous situation in Syria. And in tandem, we need your full and unified support in getting a political process back up and running – in terms of the Constitutional Committee, step-for-step confidence building measures and a broader process on all issues of resolution 2254.”

Also briefing Council members, the Director of Operations and Advocacy at the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Edem Wosornu, said, “In all, dozens of civilians have been killed and injured in the violence, and more than 120,000 people have been displaced.”

She continued, “While majority have since managed to return to their homes, at least may be 1- percent people remain displaced. Some 5,000 of these are hosted in reception centres, while the rest are living in informal settlements.”

The humanitarian official added, “The people of Syria have suffered more than enough. Yet this winter, humanitarians are being asked to prioritize one vulnerable life over another. We are being forced to cut critical assistance programmes when there is little chance for the restoration of regular services. This is the stark reality of the current situation.”

For her part, US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said, “What’s more, Assad regime-led attacks, supported by Russian airstrikes concentrated in western portions of Idlib, have destroyed tents of displaced persons. We also condemn the attacks by Iranian-aligned militia groups on U.S. personnel and facilities in Iraq and Syria. The mission of these U.S. forces remains to lead the international effort to defeat Da’esh.”

She added, “Just like any other Member State, the United States has the right to self-defense, as outlined in Article 51 of the UN Charter. We have, therefore, conducted targeted response strikes.”

Thomas-Greenfield said, “And we stand ready to take further action, as necessary and appropriate, to address further threats of attacks.”

Alhakam Dandy, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations, said, “Israel persists in its crimes and aggression against Syria, the last of which was the aggression two days ago in the broad daylight against the international airport of Damascus and locations in rural Damascus that were targeted by rockets.”

He concluded, “The US has aggressed the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria, they have led a coalition to fight terrorists ISIS, but facts have shown that the real goal of this coalition was only to support terrorism and to destabilize the security and safety of Syria to serve the interests of the US and the Israeli entity.”
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