UN / SYRIA SECURITY COUNCIL

10-Oct-2019 00:03:44
Following closed consultations by the Security Council on the situation in Syria, United States ambassador Kelly Craft said, "the US has not in any way endorsed the decision of the Government of Turkey to mount a military incursion into northeast Syria," adding that Turkey bears “full responsibility for protecting the Kurdish population and religious minorities including Christians.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / SYRIA SECURITY COUNCIL
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 10 OCTOBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

10 OCTOBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Jürgen Schulz, Deputy Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations:
“We are deeply concerned by the Turkish military operation in Syria. We call on Turkey to cease the unilateral military action, as we do not believe it will address Turkey’s underlining security concerns. Renewed armed hostilities in the northeast will further undermine the stability of the whole region, exacerbate civilian suffering and provoke further displacements which will further increase the number of refugees and IDPs in Syria and in the region.”
3. Wide shot, European ambassadors at stakeout
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Jürgen Schulz, Deputy Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations:
“It is unlikely that the so-called ‘safe zone’ in northeast Syria as envisaged by Turkey would satisfy international criteria for refugee return as laid down by UNHCR. We maintain our position that refugee and IDP returns to their places of origin must be safe, voluntary, and dignified when conditions allow. Any attempt at demographic change is unacceptable. We want to be clear that EU will not provide stabilization or development assistance in areas where the rights of the local population are ignored.”
5. Pan left, Craft approaching stakeout
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Kelly Craft, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations:
“As the President has made abundantly clear, the US has not in any way endorsed the decision of the Government of Turkey to mount a military incursion into northeast Syria. President Trump has emphasized to the government of Turkey that they bear full responsibility for protecting the Kurdish population and religious minorities including Christians and ensuring that no humanitarian crisis takes place. In addition, Turkey is now responsible for ensuring that all ISIS fighters in detention in prison remain in prison and that ISIS does not reconstitute itself in any way, shape or form. Failure to play by the rules to protect the vulnerable populations; failure to guarantee that ISIS cannot exploit these actions to reconstitute will have consequences.”
7. Pan right, Craft leaving stakeout
8. Zoom in, Nebenzia speaking to reporters
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Vassily Nebenzia, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations:
“This operation is a result of the demographic engineering that some of the coalition partners did in the northeast of Syria. We warned them long time [ago] not to experiment with that, not to try to counter the Arab tribes that live traditionally in that area to the Kurdish ones and now in fact, the coalition is reaping the fruit of their demographic policy in that part of Syria.”

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9. Close up, journalist holding notebook

10 OCTOBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY

10. SOUNDBITE (English) Vassily Nebenzia, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations:
“If there is a product of the Security Council, it should take into account other aspects of the Syrian crisis, not just the Turkish operation, but it should speak about the illegal military presence in that country; and they need to terminate it immediately. And there are many other issues that are in the Syrian file that should be mentioned if there is [to be] any product from the Security Council.”
11. Pan left, Nebenzia walking away from journalists
STORYLINE
Following closed consultations by the Security Council on the situation in northern Syria, United States ambassador Kelly Craft said Turkey bears “full responsibility for protecting the Kurdish population and religious minorities including Christians,” adding that failure to “play by the rules” will have “consequences.”

Speaking to reporters in New York today (10 Oct), Craft said the US “has not in any way endorsed the decision of the Government of Turkey to mount a military incursion into northeast Syria.” She said Turkey was now responsible “for ensuring that all ISIS fighters in detention in prison remain in prison and that ISIS does not reconstitute itself in any way, shape or form.” She stressed that “failure to play by the rules to protect the vulnerable populations; failure to guarantee that ISIS cannot exploit these actions to reconstitute will have consequences.”

In a statement on behalf of the five current European members of the Security Council and Estonia as an incoming member, German ambassador Jürgen Schulz said the EU members were “deeply concerned by the Turkish military operation in Syria.” They called on Turkey to “cease the unilateral military action” adding that they not believe it will address Turkey’s “underlining security concerns.”

Schulz said, “Renewed armed hostilities in the northeast will further undermine the stability of the whole region, exacerbate civilian suffering and provoke further displacements which will further increase the number of refugees and IDPs in Syria and in the region.”

The German ambassador stressed that it was “unlikely that the so-called ‘safe zone’ in northeast Syria as envisaged by Turkey would satisfy international criteria for refugee return as laid down by UNHCR.” He maintained the EU position that refugee and IDP returns to their places of origin “must be safe, voluntary, and dignified when conditions allow” adding that any attempt at “demographic change is unacceptable.” Schulz added, “We want to be clear that EU will not provide stabilization or development assistance in areas where the rights of the local population are ignored.”

Russian ambassador Vassily Nebenzia called on all sides to exercise maximum restraint during the operation and called upon Turkey and Syria to engage in dialogue adding that the best way forward was for direct dialogue between all actors.

The Russian ambassador said the Turkish operation was a result of the “demographic engineering that some of the coalition partners did in the northeast of Syria.” He added that Russia had warned the Coalition “not to experiment with that, not to try to counter the Arab tribes that live traditionally in that area to the Kurdish ones and now in fact, the coalition is reaping the fruit of their demographic policy in that part of Syria.”

In response to a question on the possibility of a statement by the Council, Nebenzia said any product of the Security Council “should take into account other aspects of the Syrian crisis, not just the Turkish operation” including “illegal military presence in that country.”
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