UN / SYRIA IDLIB

11-Sep-2018 00:02:58
United States ambassador Nikki Haley said her country considers “any assault on Idlib to be a reckless escalation of the conflict” adding that “if Assad, Russia, and Iran continue down the path they are on, the consequences will be dire.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / SYRIA IDLIB
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DATELINE: 11 SEPTEMBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

11 SEPTEMBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Nikki Haley, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations:
“Astana has failed. It has failed to stop the violence or to promote a political solution. We will know that the Assad Regime and its enablers are serious about a political process for peace in Syria, not when they repeat empty promises, but when the violence stops.”
4. Med shot, Russian ambassador
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Nikki Haley, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations:
“We consider any assault on Idlib to be a reckless escalation of the conflict. If Assad, Russia, and Iran continue down the path they are on, the consequences will be dire. The world will hold them responsible. And no number of Security Council meetings will ever change that.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vassily Alekseevich Nebenzia, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations:
“At the same time, we cannot allow terrorists to hold hostage and use hundreds of thousands of people in Idlib as human shields. Coexistence with terrorism is impossible, and this is something that is clear in all of the UN decisions. It is also unacceptable to spare terrorists because all of them are the branches and manifestations of Al Qaeda, the Al Qaeda that we started fighting in the wake of the terrorist attacks on the 11th of September 2001 and from which we can expect the most terrible strikes anywhere in the world.”
8. Med shot, Syrian ambassador
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Feridun Hadi Sinirlioğlu, Permanent Representative of Turkey to the United Nations:
“We simply cannot allow fait-accomplis in Idlib that would endanger the lives of millions of innocent civilians. This is our collective duty as the intonational community. Today, the people who are watching us with worry in Idlib are not terrorists, but 3,5 million civilians, one million of whom are children. We must not fail them.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Feridun Hadi Sinirlioğlu, Permanent Representative of Turkey to the United Nations:
“Only a viable ceasefire would allow the creation of an environment to effectively fight terrorism.
This entails employing approaches that require time and patience. This is what Turkey has been
working towards achieving through its separation efforts in Idlib. In order for our efforts to succeed,
guarantees must be given to civilians and moderate opposition groups that they will not be targeted
once they separate from terrorists. This is the underlying objective of the call for ceasefire by
President Erdoğan.”
12. Med shot, Haley in moment of silence
13. Wide shot, Security Council standing for moment of silence
STORYLINE
United States ambassador Nikki Haley said her country considers “any assault on Idlib to be a reckless escalation of the conflict” adding that “if Assad, Russia, and Iran continue down the path they are on, the consequences will be dire.”

Addressing the Security Council today (11 Sep), Haley said Russia had the power to stop the catastrophe looming in Idlib and work in Geneva to achieve a political transition in Syria. She said if the Syrian government, Russia, and Iran “continue down the path they are on, the consequences will be dire; the world will hold them responsible; and no number of Security Council meetings will ever change that.”

The US ambassador said Russian and Syrian forces conducted over 100 strikes on Idlib this month and were targeting hospitals and medical facilities. She said the Astana format “has failed to stop the violence or to promote a political solution.” She added, “We will know that the Assad Regime and its enablers are serious about a political process for peace in Syria, not when they repeat empty promises, but when the violence stops.”

Russian ambassador Vassily Nebenzia briefed the Council on the outcome of the Tehran conference, where Presidents Vladimir Putin, Hassan Rouhani, and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met to discuss the Syrian conflict. He said statements by the three Presidents sent clear signals that they are ready to expend maximum energy to continue helping with the definitive elimination of terrorism, ending the suffering for civilians, post-conflict reconstruction, and genuinely moving towards a political process allowing the Syrians themselves to determine their future.

He noted the importance of protecting civilians in Idlib and separating armed opposition groups from terrorists but stressed, “we cannot allow terrorists to hold hostage and use hundreds of thousands of people in Idlib as human shields.” Nebenzia said coexistence with terrorism is impossible adding that it was “unacceptable to spare terrorists because all of them are the branches and manifestations of Al Qaeda, the Al Qaeda that we started fighting in the wake of the terrorist attacks on the 11th of September 2001 and from which we can expect the most terrible strikes anywhere in the world.”

Turkish ambassador Feridun Sinirlioğlu said the international community could not allow “fait-accomplis in Idlib that would endanger the lives of millions of innocent civilians.” He added, “Today, the people who are watching us with worry in Idlib are not terrorists, but 3,5 million civilians, one million of whom are children; we must not fail them.”

Sinirlioğlu said President Erdoğan underlined the need to preserve the de-escalation area and called for an immediate and complete ceasefire in Idlib. He stressed that there is no doubt that an all-out military operation in the province would result in a major humanitarian catastrophe.

SOUNDBITE (English) Feridun Hadi Sinirlioğlu, Permanent Representative of Turkey to the United Nations:
“Only a viable ceasefire would allow the creation of an environment to effectively fight terrorism.
This entails employing approaches that require time and patience. This is what Turkey has been
working towards achieving through its separation efforts in Idlib. In order for our efforts to succeed,
guarantees must be given to civilians and moderate opposition groups that they will not be targeted
once they separate from terrorists. This is the underlying objective of the call for ceasefire by
President Erdoğan.”

The Turkish ambassador reiterated that there could be no military victory in Syria and that a military solution cannot bring any legitimacy or create a lasting settlement. He said legitimacy could only be achieved through a negotiated political solution. He said Turkey attaches utmost importance to the establishment of a Syrian Constitutional Committee and creating the conditions for holding free and fair elections under UN supervision without further delay.
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