UN / GUTERRES SOCHI CONGRESS REAX

02-Feb-2018 00:02:31
United Nations Secretary-General said the Syrian National Congress held January 30 in Sochi, Russia has concluded with a statement in line with “a common understanding between the United Nations and the Russian Federation on the nature and outcome of the meeting.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 2 FEBRUARY 2018, NEW YORK CITY
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1. Wide shot, flags at the UN Headquarters

2 FEBRUARY 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Zoom in, Guterres arriving to stakeout
3. Wide shot, reporters
4. Close up, screens with Guterres on podium
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“The UN’s presence in Sochi was based on a common understanding between the United Nations and the Russian Federation on the nature and outcome of the meeting and its contribution to the Geneva process. I want to express my appreciation for the way Foreign Minister Lavrov and the Russian Federation engaged with the United Nations. The Congress concluded with a statement fully in line with that common understanding.”
6. Wide shot, Guterres at the stakeout
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“My Special Envoy will now draw on this Sochi outcome to meet our shared goal: full implementation of Security Council Resolution 2254 and the Geneva Communique. And he will also work for the talks to address the other areas determined by Resolution 2254.”
8. Cutaway, stakeout
9. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“We must never forget that progress towards a political settlement needs to be accompanied by progress on the ground. Yet in the last two months, not a single convoy of life-saving relief has reached a besieged area. No medical supplies. No food. Humanitarian aid is not getting in. And people suffering dire health conditions are not getting out. We are seeing disturbing new reports about the possible use of chemical weapons. Millions of Syrians have lost everything.”
10. Cutaway, stakeout
11. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“I call on the government and opposition delegations and all States with influence to cooperate with my Special Envoy. We must ensure that the UN-led process moves ahead in Geneva, credibly and seriously. And I appeal for humanitarian access, strict respect for international humanitarian law and, in particular, the protection of civilians. We don’t have a moment to lose.”
12. Med shot, stakeout
13. Close up, hands
14. Wide shot, stakeout
STORYLINE
United Nations Secretary-General said the Syrian National Congress held January 30 in Sochi, Russia has concluded with a statement in line with “a common understanding between the United Nations and the Russian Federation on the nature and outcome of the meeting.”

Speaking to reporters Friday (2 Feb) in new York, Guterres highlighted three key points of the final statement, namely a vision of Syria for all Syrians, as well as the Congress’ affirmation that a Constitutional Committee should be formed under UN auspices in accordance with Security Council Resolution 2254 and that a final agreement on the mandate, terms of reference, powers, rules of procedure, and selection criteria for the composition of the Constitutional Committee is to be reached in the UN-led talks in Geneva.

Guterres also said his Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura will now “draw on this Sochi outcome to meet our shared goal: full implementation of Security Council Resolution 2254 and the Geneva Communique.”

The Security Council Resolution 2254 adopted at the end of 2015, set a roadmap for a peace process in Syria including free and fair elections to be held by mid-2018.

The Secretary-General also said “we must never forget that progress towards a political settlement needs to be accompanied by progress on the ground. Yet in the last two months, not a single convoy of life-saving relief has reached a besieged area. No medical supplies. No food. Humanitarian aid is not getting in. And people suffering dire health conditions are not getting out. We are seeing disturbing new reports about the possible use of chemical weapons. Millions of Syrians have lost everything.”

Guterres called “on the government and opposition delegations and all States with influence to cooperate with my Special Envoy.

He also said, “we must ensure that the UN-led process moves ahead in Geneva, credibly and seriously.”

The Secretary-General appealed “for humanitarian access, strict respect for international humanitarian law and, in particular, the protection of civilians.”

He ended his statement saying “we don’t have a moment to lose.”

The Syrian National Congress, aiming to start the national dialogue, was organized by the government of the Russian Federation and took place in Sochi on 30 January, reportedly gathering close to 1,500 Syrians.
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