UN / SYRIA UPDATE

08-Oct-2019 00:02:35
A UN spokesperson said Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is following “with great concern” the risk to civilians from any “potential military actions” in northeastern Syria and called on all parties to “exercise maximum restraint.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 08 OCTOBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY
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1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

08 OCTOBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press room
3. Wide shot, Dujarric at podium
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The Secretary-General is following with great concern recent statements regarding northeastern Syria, in particular the risk to civilians from any potential military actions. He calls on all parties to exercise maximum restraint. The Secretary-General emphasizes that civilians and civilian infrastructure need to be protected at all times and that sustained, unimpeded and safe humanitarian access to civilians in need must be guaranteed in order to allow the United Nations and its humanitarian partners to continue to carry out their critical work in northern Syria. The Secretary-General reiterates that there is no military solution to the Syrian conflict. The only sustainable solution is a UN-facilitated political process pursuant to Security Council resolution 2254.”
5. Med shot, journalist asking question
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“They are planning for the worst, as humanitarian tend to do and as they need to do. We are, of course, not present in all the areas in the northwest of Syria. We work with local partners, and we also very much rely on the cross-border delivery of aid. So, we need to make sure that that cross-border ability would continue.”
7. Wide shot, Security Council
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Jerry Matthews Matjila, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations:
“The Security Council welcomes the Secretary-General's statement September 23,2019 announcement of the agreement of the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic and the Syrian Negotiations Commission for a credible, balanced, and inclusive Constitutional Committee facilitated by the United Nations in Geneva. The Security Council determines that the launch of the Syrian-owned and Syrian-led Constitutional Committee should be the beginning of the political process to end the Syrian conflict in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2254 of 2015 that meets the legitimate aspirations of all Syrians.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
A UN spokesperson said Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is following “with great concern” the risk to civilians from any “potential military actions” in northeastern Syria and called on all parties to “exercise maximum restraint.”

Speaking to reporters in New York today (08 Oct), spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said the UN chief emphasized that “civilians and civilian infrastructure need to be protected at all times and that sustained, unimpeded and safe humanitarian access to civilians in need must be guaranteed in order to allow the United Nations and its humanitarian partners to continue to carry out their critical work in northern Syria.”

Guterres reiterated that there is no military solution to the Syrian conflict, adding that the only sustainable solution is a UN-facilitated political process pursuant to Security Council resolution 2254.

The UN spokesperson said humanitarians were “planning for the worst” and noted that the UN was not present in all the areas of concern and works with local partners. He stressed the importance of the cross-border delivery of aid in the humanitarian effort.

Earlier today, the Security Council welcomed Guterres’s announcement of an agreement between the Syrian Government and opposition for a “credible, balanced, and inclusive Constitutional Committee facilitated by the United Nations in Geneva.”

In a statement read by South African ambassador Jerry Matthews Matjila, whose country is currently presiding over the Council, the Security Council determined that the launch of the Syrian-owned and Syrian-led Constitutional Committee “should be the beginning of the political process to end the Syrian conflict in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2254 of 2015 that meets the legitimate aspirations of all Syrians.” The Council reaffirmed its strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity, and territorial integrity of Syria.
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