GENEVA / SYRIA HUMANITARIAN DE MISTURA

14-Apr-2016 00:02:50
Following a meeting today in Geneva with the Task Force on Humanitarian Access in Syria, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura acknowledged serious setbacks to the delivery of aid in areas of the country that are under military siege. He told reporters, “I cannot deny that everyone in the meeting was disappointed." UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / SYRIA HUMANITARIAN DE MISTURA
TRT: 02:50
SOURCE: UNTV CH
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 14 APRIL 2016 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
SHOTLIST
1. Exterior, Palais des Nations
2. Wide shot, Staffan de Mistura
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Staffan de Mistura, Special Envoy for Syria, United Nations:
“I cannot deny that everyone in the meeting was disappointed, indeed, many of them actually frustrated by the lack of new convoys reaching in particular some areas which – as you know- have been identified as besieged, and identified by also the various international documents”.
5. Med shot, journalists
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Staffan de Mistura, Special Envoy for Syria, United Nations:
“Deir- ez-Zor, airdrops: World Food Programme has been able to succeed with 3 airdrops, 3 airdrops in succession and the last one today. 26 pallets, 26 pallets, which have all reached Deir-ez-Zor and the distribution is likely to start through SARC (Syrian Arab Red Cross) very soon. The next air drops are also likely to include not only food items but medical items which are very much needed in the area. So, so far 55 tons have been airdropped by the World Food Programme airplane”.
7. Close up, Team of Special Envoy
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Staffan de Mistura, Special Envoy for Syria, United Nations:
“The issue of medical items was raised by me in Damascus and it was obviously discussed again here in the Taskforce. I did raise the issue with the authorities and they assured me that they were going to henceforth allow all medical items except the following: surgical items, atropine and anxiety pills, but would allow at our own request, caesarean surgery surgical items and all other medical items.”
9. Close up, journalists
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Staffan de Mistura, Special Envoy for Syria, United Nations:
“The proposal is: if you do have a case of medical emergency, allow that to be evacuated and when one will be on the other side that would be at least equivalent. In theory we should never discuss this type of things, it is a duty to do that. But if this is all blocked by reciprocity, let’s at least have a much more creative reciprocity for the sake of saving life. “
11.Wide shot, journalists
12. Close up and pan, UN pin on Special Envoy
13. Med shot, journalists
STORYLINE
Following a meeting in Geneva with the Task Force on Humanitarian Access in Syria, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura acknowledged serious setbacks to the delivery of aid in areas of the country that are under military siege.

Speaking to reporters today (14 Apr) at the UN in the Swiss city, de Mistura said that he could not "deny that everyone in the meeting was disappointed, indeed, many of them actually frustrated, by the lack of new convoys reaching in particular some areas which – as you know- have been identified as besieged, and identified by also the various international documents.”

Despite this setback, the Special Envoy said that the UN's World Food Program (WFP) had managed air-drop of vital food supplies today in the Da'esh (ISIS)-held region of Deir-ez-Zor.

"World Food Programme has been able to succeed with 3 airdrops, 3 airdrops in succession, and the last one today. 26 pallets, 26 pallets, which have all reached Deir-ez-Zor, and the distribution is likely to start through SARC (Syrian Arab Red Cross) very soon. The next air drops are also likely to include not only food items but medical items, which are very much needed in the area. So, so far 55 tons have been airdropped by the World Food Programme airplanes.”

According to De Mistura, 5.8 million Syrians are now being reached by the UN, NGOs and the Syrian Government. One million Syrians have been supplied with non-food items in February and January, and 6.8 million have been reached every month with assistance on water and sanitation.

The Special Envoy was hopeful on the issue of vaccinations, and delivery of medical aid. A major vaccination campaign is expected to start in Syria on 24 April. Staffan de Mistura said, “the issue of medical items was raised by me in Damascus and it was obviously discussed again here in the Taskforce. I did raise the issue with the authorities and they assured me that they were going to henceforth allow all medical items except the following: surgical items, atropine and anxiety pills, but would allow at our own request, caesarean surgery surgical items and all other medical items.”

Regarding planned medical evacuations in four towns in Syria, which have not yet taken place, de Mistura suggested a new formula for resolving the issue, which he described as seemingly acceptable by the Syrian Government.

He said, “The proposal is: if you do have a case of medical emergency, allow that to be evacuated and when one will be on the other side that would be at least equivalent."
"In theory we should never discuss this type of things, it is a duty to do that. But if this is all blocked by reciprocity, let’s at least have a much more creative reciprocity for the sake of saving life”, De Mistura also said.
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