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28-May-2019 00:02:54
Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Relief Coordinator, Ursula Mueller, told the Security Council that further military operations in Idlib “will overwhelm all ability to respond.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 28 MAY 2019, NEW YORK CITY
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RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

28 MAY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Council
3. Wide shot, ASG Ursula Mueller addressing Council
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Ursula Mueller, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Relief Coordinator:
“Further military operations will overwhelm all ability to respond. Many of our humanitarian partners are part of the affected population and have themselves been displaced. As a result, in many areas of active hostilities, humanitarian operations have been suspended.”
5. Med shot, Syrian Ambassador Bashar Jaafari
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Ursula Mueller, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Relief Coordinator:
“There is no question today about whether you, members of this Council, are aware of the tragic
humanitarian situation in Syria - you clearly are. The question today is what you will do to protect civilians in Idlib - the latest example of an entirely known, predictable, and preventable humanitarian disaster unfolding before our eyes.”
7. Med shot, delegates
8. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Sergey Vasilyevich Vershinin, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Russian Federation:
“The fighters from HTS are terrorizing civilians and they are using civilian infrastructure for military ends and are also using civilians as human shields.”
9. Med shot, delegates
10. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Sergey Vasilyevich Vershinin, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Russian Federation:
“These are not violations because the group, HTS, is not a party subjected to any commitment at all in terms of the ceasefire. The ceasefire was established, I would like to recall, under the auspices of the Astana formula between the government and the armed opposition. HTS, the Al-Nusra Front, Al Qaida are terrorist organizations, which we have disqualified as terrorists.”
11. Wide shot, Jaafari addressing Council
12. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Bashar Jaafari, Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations:
“This is the photo of the leaders of terrorist groups that held a meeting in Idlib sponsored by Turkish intelligence. This meeting was presided by the Head of Al Nusra Front. It was sponsored by Turkey and some countries in this Council. What is important is that some people in this photograph sitting with Al-Nusra Front, controlling over 99 percent of Idlib, some of them where part of the Astana process, so some of them are obligated, obligated, not to work alongside Al-Nusra Front against the Syrian government and its allies.”
13. Wide shot, Council
STORYLINE
Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Relief Coordinator, Ursula Mueller, told the Security Council today (28 May) that further military operations in Idlib “will overwhelm all ability to respond.”

Mueller said, “any of our humanitarian partners are part of the affected population and have themselves been displaced. As a result, in many areas of active hostilities, humanitarian operations have been suspended.”

The Assistant Secretary-General said Council members are “clearly” aware of the “tragic” humanitarian situation in Syria.

She said, “the question today is what you will do to protect civilians in Idlib - the latest example of an entirely known, predictable, and preventable humanitarian disaster unfolding before our eyes.”

The Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergey Vasilyevich Vershinin, in his address to the Council said, fighters from the Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) militant group “are terrorizing civilians and they are using civilian infrastructure for military ends and are also using civilians as human shields.”

Vershinin said “these are not violations because the group, HTS, is not a party subjected to any commitment at all in terms of the ceasefire. The ceasefire was established, I would like to recall, under the auspices of the Astana formula between the government and the armed opposition. HTS, the Al-Nusra Front, Al Qaida are terrorist organizations, which we have disqualified as terrorists.”

For his part, Syrian Ambassador Bashar Jaafari, exhibited a photograph which he said depicts “the leaders of terrorist groups that held a meeting in Idlib sponsored by Turkish intelligence.”

This meeting, he said, “was presided by the Head of Al Nusra Front. It was sponsored by Turkey and some countries in this Council,” and some of the participants “where part of the Astana process, so some of them are obligated, obligated, not to work alongside Al-Nusra Front against the Syrian government and its allies.”
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