UN / GUTERRES SYRIA IDLIB

11-Sep-2018 00:01:35
UN Secretary-General António Guterres today said, “It is absolutely essential to avoid a full-scale battle in Idlib. This would unleash a humanitarian nightmare unlike any seen in the blood-soaked Syrian conflict.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / GUTERRES SYRIA IDLIB
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DATELINE: 11 SEPTEMBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY
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1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters

11 SEPTEMBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Guterres walking to the podium
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“It is absolutely essential to avoid a full-scale battle in Idlib. This would unleash a humanitarian nightmare unlike any seen in the blood-soaked Syrian conflict.”

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4. Close up, camera person

11 SEPTEMBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY

5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I make a clear appeal to all parties directly and indirectly involved — and in particular the three guarantors of the de-escalation zone, namely Iran, Russia and Turkey: Spare no effort to find solutions that protect civilians. Preserve basic services such as hospitals. Ensure full respect for international humanitarian law.”

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6. Close up, reporter typing

11 SEPTEMBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY

7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“It goes without saying in the 21st century that any use of chemical weapons is totally unacceptable. Beyond the immediate human toll, such use would lead to the situation spiraling out of control.”

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8. Close up, journalist typing

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9. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“All these factors underscore the urgent need to make greater progress in the Geneva process, and in particular the creation of a constitutional committee as part of the overall political package. There is no military solution to the conflict. The solution must be political.”
10. Wide shot, Guterres leaving the podium
STORYLINE
The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said today that “it is absolutely essential to avoid a full-scale battle in Idlib. This would unleash a humanitarian nightmare unlike any seen in the blood-soaked Syrian conflict.”

Speaking to reporters in New York today (11 Sep), the UN chief made a “clear appeal to all parties directly and indirectly involved — and in particular the three guarantors of the de-escalation zone, namely Iran, Russia and Turkey: Spare no effort to find solutions that protect civilians. Preserve basic services such as hospitals. Ensure full respect for international humanitarian law.”

Guterres continued “it goes without saying in the 21st century that any use of chemical weapons is totally unacceptable. Beyond the immediate human toll, such use would lead to the situation spiraling out of control.”

He also underscored “the urgent need to make greater progress in the Geneva process, and in particular the creation of a constitutional committee as part of the overall political package.”

The Secretary-General reiterated “there is no military solution to the conflict. The solution must be political.”

According to the UN, almost half of Idlib’s population of 2.9 million people had gone there to seek refuge from conflict elsewhere in Syria. These include close to one million children.
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