UN / JAAFARI OPCW MISSION

12-Apr-2018 00:01:54
Syrian ambassador to the UN Bashar Ja’afari said the chemical weapons watchdog (OPCW) was sending teams to Syria today and tomorrow adding that any delay or disruption in the visit would be the result of “political pressure” from the United States, France, and the United Kingdom. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / JAAFARI OPCW MISSION
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ARABIC / ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 12 APRIL 2018, NEW YORK CITY
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

12 APRIL 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Pan left, Jaafari approaching stakeout
3. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Bashar Ja’afari, Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations:
“Any delay or disruption in this visit will be the result of political pressure on the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) from the United States, France, Britain, and those who orbit around them to stop this visit from happening. The Syrian Government will facilitate the arrival of the team to any point in the town of Douma they wish to reach.”
4. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Bashar Ja’afari, Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations:
“We said it many times, of course the terrorists have acquired chemical substances from Libya a long time ago, from the Libyan stock. But this operation was facilitated by the Turkish intelligence, the Saudi intelligence, and the American and French intelligence services. They smuggled these chemical from Libya to Istanbul onboard of civilian airlines and the guy who was in charge of transporting these substances was a guy named Haythem Al-Qassar.”
5. Wide shot, Jaafari speaking to reporters
6. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Bashar Ja’afari, Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations:
“You know, Britain is an integral part of the problem not a part of the solution. And Britain has pushed the American elephant during all history to go forward towards these bellicose adventures, failed bellicose adventures. So, we don’t pay that much attention to what the British Government would say, because we know that Britain is pushing towards the escalation and pushing towards further complicating the international environment.”
7. Wide shot, Jaafari leaving stakeout
STORYLINE
Syrian ambassador to the UN Bashar Ja’afari said the chemical weapons watchdog (OPCW) was sending teams to Syria today and tomorrow adding that any delay or disruption in the visit would be the result of “political pressure” from the United States, France, and the United Kingdom.

Speaking to reporters in New York today (12 Apr), Jaafari said an OPCW team was expected to arrive today (12 Apr) to Syria and his Government was informed that a second team would be sent tomorrow. He said the 2nd team’s passports were not provided to the Syrian authorities which is ready to provide visas to this team the moment they are received. He added that visas could even be granted at the border with Lebanon if for any reason they were not processed in Brussels.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Bashar Ja’afari, Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations:
“Any delay or disruption in this visit will be the result of political pressure on the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) from the United States, France, Britain, and those who orbit around them to stop this visit from happening. The Syrian Government will facilitate the arrival of the team to any point in the town of Douma they wish to reach.”

Jaafari denied his Government had used chemical weapons against its own people. Asked about who might have used chemical weapons against civilians the Syrian ambassador said, “We said it many times, of course the terrorists have acquired chemical substances from Libya a long time ago, from the Libyan stock; but this operation was facilitated by the Turkish intelligence, the Saudi intelligence, and the American and French intelligence services; they smuggled these chemical from Libya to Istanbul onboard of civilian airlines and the guy who was in charge of transporting these substances was a guy named Haythem Al-Qassar.”

In response to a question on the so-called war cabinet meeting which took place in the United Kingdom today, Jaafari said, “Britain is an integral part of the problem not a part of the solution.” He added that the UK “has pushed the American elephant during all history to go forward towards these bellicose adventures, failed bellicose adventures.” Jaafari stressed that his Government did not “pay that much attention to what the British Government would say, because we know that Britain is pushing towards the escalation and pushing towards further complicating the international environment.”
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