UN / SYRIA IDLIB

18-Jun-2019 00:03:16
Briefing the Security Council on the situation in Idlib, Syria, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo said, “counter-terrorism cannot overtake obligations under international law to protect civilians and the obligation to strictly observe the principles of distinction and proportionality.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / SYRIA IDLIB
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DATELINE: 18 JUNE 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

18 JUNE 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Wide shot, dais
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Rosemary Di Carlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs:
“Counter-terrorism cannot overtake obligations under international law to protect civilians and the obligation to strictly observe the principles of distinction and proportionality. The problem posed by HTS will need to be dealt with in a more effective and suitable way, one where civilians do not pay the price.”
5. Med shot, Syrian Ambassador Bashar Jaafari
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“All parties have specific obligations to refrain from attacking protected sites under international humanitarian law, regardless of whether they have been de-conflicted or not. It is appalling that these sites were hit in the first place. But hitting a facility whose coordinates were shared as part of the UN’s de-confliction system is simply intolerable. A number of partners now feel that supplying geographical coordinates to be given to the warring parties effectively paints a target on their backs.”
7. Med shot, Syrian and Iranian ambassadors
8. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vasily Alekseevich Nebenzya Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations:
“This province like other territories of the Syrian Arab Republic should return to the control of the Syrian government, and the terrorists there have to be liquidated. There is a need not to allow terrorism to spill over from Idlib on to other regions of Syria and further in the region. Fighters in the Syrian Arab Republic have already begun to move to Afghanistan, to Libya, and could certainly also return to their countries of origin in Europe or Asia.”
9. Wide shot, Council
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Feridun H. Sinirlioglu, Permanent Representative of Turkey to the United Nations:
“The responsibility to prevent a major catastrophe in Idlib lies not only with the parties to the Sochi Memorandum, but with the Council as well. What we are seeing in Idlib cannot be allowed to continue. This latest chapter in the Syrian conflict is an affront to all humanity. Enough blood has been shed. All efforts should now prioritize the needs of millions of Syrians who have suffered tremendously and are putting their faith in us.”
11. Wide shot, Council
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Majid Takht Ravanchi, Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations”
“This in fact is a practical protection of civilians and should lead to the release of all civilians who are trapped in terrorist held areas. It is also obvious that these internationally designated terrorist groups cannot and should not be allowed to continue their control over a large part of a sovereign State’s territory. Otherwise, Idlib will certainly turn into a safe haven for the cruelest terrorists to continue conducting their operations and to kill more civilians inside and outside of Idlib.”
13. Wide shot, Council
14. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Bashar Jaafari, Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations:
“Idlib has four public hospitals only. Idlib has four public hospitals only. And let’s say there are four private hospitals. The total would be eight Hou can you say that 27 hospitals were targeted in Idlib? Please tell me what sources of information are you using?”
15. Wide shot, Council
STORYLINE
Briefing the Security Council on the situation in Idlib, Syria, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo today (18 Jun) said, “counter-terrorism cannot overtake obligations under international law to protect civilians and the obligation to strictly observe the principles of distinction and proportionality.”

Di Carlo told the Council that the problem posed by the terrorist group Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) “will need to be dealt with in a more effective and suitable way, one where civilians do not pay the price.”

Briefing on the humanitarian situation, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock reported that 27 medical facilities had been targeted in Idlib.

He said “it is appalling that these sites were hit in the first place. But hitting a facility whose coordinates were shared as part of the UN’s de-confliction system is simply intolerable. A number of partners now feel that supplying geographical coordinates to be given to the warring parties effectively paints a target on their backs.”

Russian Ambassador Vasily Nebenzya told the Council that Idlib, “should return to the control of the Syrian government, and the terrorists there have to be liquidated.”

He said there was a need “not to allow terrorism to spill over from Idlib on to other regions of Syria and further in the region.”

Turkish Ambassador Feridun H. Sinirlioglu said, “what we are seeing in Idlib cannot be allowed to continue.”

He said, “this latest chapter in the Syrian conflict is an affront to all humanity” and “all efforts should now prioritize the needs of millions of Syrians who have suffered tremendously and are putting their faith in us.”

Iranian Ambassador Majid Takht Ravanchi said the situation in Idlib was “a practical protection of civilians and should lead to the release of all civilians who are trapped in terrorist held areas.”

He said, “these internationally designated terrorist groups cannot and should not be allowed to continue their control over a large part of a sovereign State’s territory. Otherwise, Idlib will certainly turn into a safe haven for the cruelest terrorists to continue conducting their operations and to kill more civilians inside and outside of Idlib.”

Finally, Syrian Ambassador Bashar Jaafari questioned the information provided by humanitarian organizations.

He said, “Idlib has four public hospitals only. Idlib has four public hospitals only. And let’s say there are four private hospitals. The total would be eight Hou can you say that 27 hospitals were targeted in Idlib? Please tell me what sources of information are you using?”
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