UN / GEORGIA

08-Aug-2018 00:02:20
The UK ambassador to the United Nations, together with the US and other European members of the Security Council called on Russia “to implement fully its obligations” and withdraw its troops from South Ossetia in Georgia. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / GEORGIA
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 8 AUGUST 2018, NEW YORK CITY
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1. Wide shot, exterior, UN Headquarters

8 AUGUST 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Pan left, ambassadors arriving to stakeout
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Karen Pierce, Permanent Representative of the UK to United Nations:
“Seventh of August marked ten years on from the 2008 conflict in Georgia. The Security Council today discussed developments since then and we heard a briefing from Assistant Secretary-General Zerihoun. We remembered those who died and those who lost their homes, the division of Georgia and the ongoing problems caused to Georgia and the region by the unresolved conflicts.”
4. Wide shot, ambassadors at the stakeout
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Karen Pierce, Permanent Representative of the UK to United Nations:
“It is deeply troubling that Russia continues to maintain large numbers of personnel and heavy weaponry on Georgian territory, seeks to develop military and security integration and cooperation relationships with both de facto authorities in South Ossetia and Abkhazia and supports the process of borderization which severely restricts people to people contacts hinders reconciliation efforts and damages livelihoods.”
6. Med shot, ambassadors at the stakeout
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Karen Pierce, Permanent Representative of the UK to United Nations:
“Today, we call again on the Russian Federation to implement fully its obligations under the six-point agreement of the twelfth of August 2008. This agreement includes the commitments to ensure that Russian armed forces withdraw to positions held before hostilities began and to establish an international security mechanism.”
8. Zoom out, podium
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Karen Pierce, Permanent Representative of the UK to United Nations:
“It is not too late for conflict resolution. To this end we encourage all parties to redouble their engagements with the Geneva international discussions to encourage the Georgian government to implement a new peace initiative, a step to a better future and encourage the de facto authorities and people to engage with it. Thank you very much.”
10. Pan right, ambassadors leaving
STORYLINE
The UK ambassador to the United Nations, together with the US and other European members of the Security Council called on Russia “to implement fully its obligations” and withdraw its troops from South Ossetia in Georgia.

Ten years after the conflict in Georgia prompted a Russian military intervention in the former Soviet Republic, the UN Security Council, presided by the UK this month, held a meeting behind the closed doors on the situation in Georgia.

Briefing reporters following the meeting, the UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations Karen Pierce said, “we remembered those who died and those who lost their homes, the division of Georgia and the ongoing problems caused to Georgia and the region by the unresolved conflicts.”

Pierce said, “it is deeply troubling that Russia continues to maintain large numbers of personnel and heavy weaponry on Georgian territory, seeks to develop military and security integration and cooperation relationships with both de facto authorities in South Ossetia and Abkhazia and supports the process of borderization which severely restricts people to people contacts hinders reconciliation efforts and damages livelihoods.”

Flanked by the ambassadors of the US, Poland, France, Netherland and Sweden, also members of the Security Council, ambassador Pierce called “on the Russian Federation to implement fully its obligations under the six-point agreement of the twelfth of August 2008. This agreement includes the commitments to ensure that Russian armed forces withdraw to positions held before hostilities began and to establish an international security mechanism.”

Pierce also said, “it is not too late for conflict resolution” the ambassador added in “we encourage all parties to redouble their engagements with the Geneva international discussions to encourage the Georgian government to implement a new peace initiative, a step to a better future and encourage the de facto authorities and people to engage with it.”

Following the outbreak of hostilities and the Russian intervention in early August 2008, the Russian Federation recognized the independence of Georgian breakaway provinces South Ossetia and Abkhazia where it still maintains a significant military presence.
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