UN / SYRIA

16-Mar-2018 00:03:33
UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said humanitarians who entered Eastern Ghouta spoke of “hungered faces and despair all around” adding that people were “literally at the tip of a collapse.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / SYRIA
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ARABIC / ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 16 MARCH 2018, NEW YORK CITY
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UN flag

16 MARCH 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Staffan de Mistura, Special Envoy for Syria, United Nations:
“Humanitarian colleagues who entered these areas spoke of having seen hunger, dire want, poverty, hungered faces, and despair all around. Even for experienced people like my own humanitarian colleagues, it was an unsustainable situation where people are literally at the tip of a collapse; and that’s a few kilometres – a 20-minute drive – from Damascus.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Staffan de Mistura, Special Envoy for Syria, United Nations:
“We urge all parties that any evacuations must take place in accordance with the highest protection standards under international humanitarian and human rights law. Whether civilians choose to stay or leave, they must be protected against attacks and have access to the essentials to survive. They must be safe, and there must be safe and voluntary [evacuations] into a place of their own choosing.”
6. Wide shot, ambassadors
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Staffan de Mistura, Special Envoy for Syria, United Nations:
“Well, if this a de-escalation moment, you best try to convince me that this is exactly de-escalation. All what we are seeing on the map looks actually like the opposite, escalation.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Staffan de Mistura, Special Envoy for Syria, United Nations:
“Even though the logic of war is clearly still prevailing - what we have just seen and said – and 2401 is not being implemented as it must be, as the Secretary-General said, we refuse, we refuse, we refuse to lose hope to see Syria rising from their own ashes. The Syrian people deserve to be helped. The Syrian people are proud. They love their country. We need to help them to go back to having a normal country.”
10. Wide shot, Syrian ambassador addressing Council
11. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Bashar Ja’afari, Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations:
“Only yesterday, Thursday 15 March, more than 40,000 civilians left Eastern Ghouta through this additional new corridor, and sought refuge in the arms of the Syrian Government which, in coordination with the Red Crescent, welcomed them and provided them with the needed facilitations in preparation to transport them in a safe manner to temporary shelter centres which are equipped with all basic needs.”
12. Wide shot, Syrian ambassador addressing Council
13. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Bashar Ja’afari, Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations:
“These western countries have invested in terrorism to undermine Iraq, Libya, and Yemen, and now they have failed in investing their terrorism in Syria. It is as if they are saying that when you give the choice to the sponsors of terror between their terrorist monsters and the Syrian Government, these countries will arbitrarily prefer the monsters over the Syrian Government.”
14. Wide shot, Security Council
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I am deeply concerned by the desperation shown by the people fleeing in a massive exodus from Eastern Ghouta and Afrin. I profoundly regret that resolution 2401, concerning the cessation of hostilities throughout Syria, has not been implemented. I urge all parties to the conflict to fully respect international humanitarian and human rights law and guarantee the protection of civilians.”
16. Wide shot, press room
STORYLINE
UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said humanitarians who entered Eastern Ghouta spoke of “hungered faces and despair all around” adding that people were “literally at the tip of a collapse.”

Speaking to the Security Council via teleconference from Brussels today (16 Mar), de Mistura said as the conflict entered its eighth year, worrisome developments were taking place on the ground. He said a ceasefire in Douma had been holding for the past six days, but fighting has continued in other parts of eastern Ghouta. He said humanitarians were able to bring a convoy carried food assistance into Douma yesterday.

SOUNDBITE (English) Staffan de Mistura, Special Envoy for Syria, United Nations:
“Humanitarian colleagues who entered these areas spoke of having seen hunger, dire want, poverty, hungered faces, and despair all around. Even for experienced people like my own humanitarian colleagues, it was an unsustainable situation where people are literally at the tip of a collapse; and that’s a few kilometres – a 20-minute drive – from Damascus.”

De Mistura said people were exiting in large groups as a result of government advances in Eastern Ghouta while others moved further into the region. He said the UN was not present to observe these evacuations and therefore does not have precise numbers. He urged all parties “that any evacuations must take place in accordance with the highest protection standards under international humanitarian and human rights law.” He added that whether civilians choose to stay or leave, “they must be protected against attacks and have access to the essentials to survive.”

The Special Envoy said violence had also escalated across many other parts of Syria, including Afrin, Foah, Kefraya and Idlib. He emphasised that resolution 2401, which called for a ceasefire across the country, should not be applied piecemeal. He noted disturbing new reports of the use of chlorine as a weapon, while adding that the UN was not in a position to confirm these reports.

SOUNDBITE (English) Staffan de Mistura, Special Envoy for Syria, United Nations:
“Well, if this a de-escalation moment, you best try to convince me that this is exactly de-escalation. All what we are seeing on the map looks actually like the opposite, escalation.”

De Mistura said even though the “logic of war is clearly still prevailing” and Resolution 2401 was not being implemented as it must be, the UN refuses “to lose hope to see Syria rising from their own ashes.”

Syrian ambassador Bashar Ja’afari said his Government was the most attentive to the lives of its citizens and had thus opened a new safe corridor in the village of Hamouriyeh after it was liberated from terrorists. He said “more than 40,000 civilians” left Eastern Ghouta yesterday alone through this corridor, “and sought refuge in the arms of the Syrian Government which, in coordination with the Red Crescent, welcomed them and provided them with the needed facilitations in preparation to transport them in a safe manner to temporary shelter centres which are equipped with all basic needs.”

Ja’afari said if western members of the Security Council did one thousandth what Russia has done to rescpet the rule of law, the UN Charter, and Security Council resolutions, there would be no terrorism in Syria or other countries, nor would there be civilians suffering in Eastern Ghouta or east Aleppo, or the old city in Homs. He said, “These western countries have invested in terrorism to undermine Iraq, Libya, and Yemen, and now they have failed in investing their terrorism in Syria; it is as if they are saying that when you give the choice to the sponsors of terror between their terrorist monsters and the Syrian Government, these countries will arbitrarily prefer the monsters over the Syrian Government.”

Speaking to reporters at the daily noon briefing, UN spokesperson Farhan Haq read a statement in the voice of UN chief Antonio Guterres on the situation in Syria. He said, “I am deeply concerned by the desperation shown by the people fleeing in a massive exodus from Eastern Ghouta and Afrin. I profoundly regret that resolution 2401, concerning the cessation of hostilities throughout Syria, has not been implemented. I urge all parties to the conflict to fully respect international humanitarian and human rights law and guarantee the protection of civilians.”

The Secretary-General said any evacuation of civilians must be safe, voluntary, and in strict accordance with protection standards under international humanitarian and human rights law. He said it was also imperative that all those displaced are allowed to return voluntarily, in safety and in dignity, to their homes as soon as the situation allows it and called on the Security Council to stand united and take concrete steps to urgently end this tragedy.

The UN chief’s statement said the reality on the ground across Syria demands swift action to protect civilians, alleviate suffering, prevent further instability, address the root causes of the conflict and forge, at long last, a durable political solution in line with resolution 2254.
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