UN / SYRIA ALLEGED CHEMICAL ATTACK

09-Apr-2018 00:04:08
United States ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said her country was "determined to see the monster who dropped chemical weapons on the Syrian people held to account.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / SYRIA ALLEGED CHEMICAL ATTACK
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DATELINE: 09 APRIL 2018, NEW YORK CITY
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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Exterior, United Nations Headquarters

09 APRIL 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Nikki Haley, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations:
“Russia’s obstructionism will not continue to hold us hostage when we are confronted with an attack like this one. The United States is determined to see the monster who dropped chemical weapons on the Syrian people held to account.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Nikki Haley, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations:
“The great evil of chemical weapons use that once unified the world in opposition, is on the verge of becoming the new normal. The international community must not let this happen. We are beyond showing pictures of dead babies. We are beyond appeals to conscience. We have reached the moment when the world must see justice done. History will record this as the moment when the Security Council either discharged its duty or demonstrated its utter and complete failure to protect the people of Syria. Either way, the United States will respond.”
6. Med shot, Syrian ambassador
7. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vassily Alekseevich Nebenzia, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations:
“A broad arsenal of methods has been leveraged; slander, insults, hawkish rhetoric, blackmail, sanctions, and threats to use force against the sovereign state. Russia is being unpardonably threatened. The tone in which this is being done has gone beyond the threshold of what is acceptable even during the Cold War. Such boorishness against my country is something that your predecessors did not take the liberty to undertake.”
8. Wide shot, Syrian ambassador
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Staffan de Mistura, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Syria:
“Civilians are paying a heavy, heavy, heavy price for military escalation. We are not seeing de-escalation. We are seeing the contrary. Today, our first priority must be to protect civilians from the war, from the conflict, from chemical weapons, from hunger.”
10. Wide shot, ambassadors
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Thomas Markram, Deputy to the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs:
“As the body charged with maintenance of international peace and security, the Council must unite in the face of this continuing threat. The Council must fulfil its responsibilities; to do otherwise - or simply to do nothing - is to accept, tacitly or otherwise, that such a challenge is insurmountable. The use of chemical weapons cannot become the status quo, nor can we continue to fail the victims of such weapons.”
12. Med shot, Syrian ambassador
13. Wide shots, British, French, and US delegations walking out of meeting
14. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Bashar Ja’afari, Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations:
“The Syrian Government affirms that the repeated Israeli aggression against it did not and will not succeed in protecting Israel’s terrorist organization agents, as it did not and will not succeed in pre-occupying the Syrian army from continuing its decisive military achievements which it is realizing in combating terrorism.”
15. Wide shot, Security Council
16. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Bashar Ja’afari, Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations:
“We today make a direct accusation to Washington, Paris, London, Riyadh, Doha, and Ankara of supplying poisonous chemical agents to Da’esh, Al Nusra Front, Jeish Al-Islam, Faylaq ArRahman, and tens of other related terrorist organizations to be used against Syrian civilians. We also accuse them of carrying out these massacres and fabricating evidence to falsely accuse the Syrian Government of using chemical weapons and create an atmosphere to launch an attack on my country similar to the crime committed by the United States and Britain against Iraq in 2003.”
17. Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
United States ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said her country was "determined to see the monster who dropped chemical weapons on the Syrian people held to account.”

Speaking at a Security Council meeting today (09 Apr) on the alleged chemical weapons attack in the Syrian city of Douma over the weekend, Haley called on the Council to immediately re-establish an impartial mechanism to investigate chemical weapons attacks in Syria. She said, “Russia’s obstructionism will not continue to hold us hostage when we are confronted with an attack like this one.”

The US ambassador said chemical weapons were “on the verge of becoming the new normal” calling on the international community not to allow this.

SOUNDBITE (English) Nikki Haley, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations:
“We are beyond showing pictures of dead babies. We are beyond appeals to conscience. We have reached the moment when the world must see justice done. History will record this as the moment when the Security Council either discharged its duty or demonstrated its utter and complete failure to protect the people of Syria. Either way, the United States will respond.”

Russian ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said his country was deeply alarmed by what he called a deliberate policy to stoke international tensions in Washington, Paris, and London.

SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vassily Alekseevich Nebenzia, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations:
“A broad arsenal of methods has been leveraged; slander, insults, hawkish rhetoric, blackmail, sanctions, and threats to use force against the sovereign state. Russia is being unpardonably threatened. The tone in which this is being done has gone beyond the threshold of what is acceptable even during the Cold War. Such boorishness against my country is something that your predecessors did not take the liberty to undertake.”

Nebenzia said Russia already conveyed to the US that the use of force under mendacious pre-text against Syria where Russian troops are deployed could lead to grave repercussions. He called upon western politicians to scale down their hawkish rhetoric and consider the possible repercussions to global security.

Speaking via teleconference from Geneva, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura urged the Security Council ensure that a mechanism is found to investigate these allegations and attribute responsibility. He said civilians are “paying a heavy, heavy, heavy price for military escalation” in Syria adding the that priority of the international community “must be to protect civilians from the war, from the conflict, from chemical weapons, from hunger.”

UN Deputy High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Thomas Markram said reports alleged that at least 49 people were killed and hundreds more were injured in a chemical weapons attack in Douma. He said the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) fact finding mission was gathering information about the incident and would present a report of its finding once the investigation was complete.

Markram said the use of chemical weapons was unjustifiable and called on the Security Council to “unite in the face of this continuing threat.” He added, “The Council must fulfil its responsibilities; to do otherwise - or simply to do nothing - is to accept, tacitly or otherwise, that such a challenge is insurmountable; the use of chemical weapons cannot become the status quo, nor can we continue to fail the victims of such weapons.”

Syrian ambassador Bashar Ja’afari said Israel carried out airstrikes against a Syrian airbase this morning adding that this attack could not have taken place if it wasn’t for the blind support the US provides to Israel. He said Israel was indirectly responding to the gains the Syrian army was making against terrorists in the country.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Bashar Ja’afari, Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations:
“The Syrian Government affirms that the repeated Israeli aggression against it did not and will not succeed in protecting Israel’s terrorist organization agents, as it did not and will not succeed in pre-occupying the Syrian army from continuing its decisive military achievements which it is realizing in combating terrorism.”

Ja’afari said his government had repeated warned the Security Council that terrorists in Syria were working on staging a chemical weapons attack to pin on the Syrian Government. He asked Council Members why his Government would carry out such an attack with weapons it does not possess while its military was making clear advances.

The Syrian ambassador accused “Washington, Paris, London, Riyadh, Doha, and Ankara of supplying poisonous chemical agents to Da’esh, Al Nusra Front, Jeish Al-Islam, Faylaq ArRahman, and tens of other related terrorist organizations to be used against Syrian civilians.” He added, “We also accuse them of carrying out these massacres and fabricating evidence to falsely accuse the Syrian Government of using chemical weapons and create an atmosphere to launch an attack on my country similar to the crime committed by the United States and Britain against Iraq in 2003.”
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