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23-Mar-2022 00:04:53
The Security Council today failed to pass a Russian drafted resolution on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine. UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / FRENCH / RUSSIAN / NATS

DATELINE: 23 MARCH 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

23 MARCH 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Various shots, Security Council voting
3. Wide shot, Security Council
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States:
“It really is unconscionable that Russia would have the audacity to put forward a resolution asking the international community to solve a humanitarian crisis that Russia alone created. The United States intends to abstain on this text because, to state the obvious, Russia does not care about the deteriorating humanitarian conditions, or the millions of lives and dreams the war has shattered. If they cared, they would stop fighting.”
5. Wide shot, Security Council
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States:
“Russia is trying to make this Council complicit in its flimsy fabrications by putting forward a resolution that makes no mention of its role as the sole cause of this crisis – and our vote will show that we will play no part of that. Russia continues to block this Council from carrying out its mandate. The United States stands with the people of Ukraine. The overwhelming majority of United Nations Member States stand with Ukraine.”
7. Wide shot, Security Council
8. SOUNDBITE (French) Nicolas de Rivière, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations:
“Let's be clear. If Russia is so concerned about the civilian population, they only need to do one thing, stop their offensive and withdraw their troops from Ukraine. Rather than doing that Russia hopes to obtain from the Security Council permission to continue its war. This maneuver is not fooling anyone. The result of this vote indicates that very clearly, the members of this council are not going to allow Russia to use the United Nations and international humanitarian law in this way.”
9. Wide shot, Security Council
10. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Zhang Jun, Permanent Representative of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations:
“China's vote in favor of the draft resolution was based on our call for the international community to attach high importance to the humanitarian situation in Ukraine, and for the parties concerned to strengthen coordination on humanitarian issues, so as to effectively protect the safety of civilians, especially women, children and other vulnerable groups, and to facilitate the personnel evacuation and humanitarian relief operations.”
11. Wide shot, Security Council
12. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vasily Nebenzia, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations:
“The vote which took place has exposed all of those, for whom politicization of the humanitarian dose is more important than assistance from the United Nations in the delivery of humanitarian assistance to vulnerable Ukrainians. We have heard today from some delegations, specifically the US delegation that they do not wish to participate in any way whatsoever in a resolution that was proposed by the Russian Federation. Then in that case, why did you abstain from it you could have voted against it. We all understand perfectly well about the true motivations behind your abstention, not exercising the veto right. Which would be have been possible.”
13. Wide shot, Security Council
14. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vasily Nebenzia, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations:
“This is an unimaginable accusation leveled at the Russian Federation believe us we have other means of warfare. we have no use for chemical or biological weapons, accusing the Russian Federation, like this is simply unworthy here the city council, especially given the fact that such weapons were destroyed by us long ago.”
15. Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
The Security Council today (23 Mar) failed to pass a Russian drafted resolution on the humanitarian situation in Ukraine.

Russia and China voted in favor, while thirteen members of the Council voted abstention. There was zero vote against.

Before the vote, US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield told the Council, “it really is unconscionable that Russia would have the audacity to put forward a resolution asking the international community to solve a humanitarian crisis that Russia alone created.”

Ambassador Greenfield stated that the United States intends to abstain on the draft resolution because, “to state the obvious, Russia does not care about the deteriorating humanitarian conditions, or the millions of lives and dreams the war has shattered. If they cared, they would stop fighting.”

The US Ambassador also said, “Russia is trying to make this Council complicit in its flimsy fabrications by putting forward a resolution that makes no mention of its role as the sole cause of this crisis – and our vote will show that we will play no part of that, adding that “Russia continues to block this Council from carrying out its mandate.”

“The United States stands with the people of Ukraine. The overwhelming majority of United Nations Member States stand with Ukraine,” Ambassador Greenfield reiterated.

French Ambassador Nicolas de Rivière, whose country also voted abstention explained, “if Russia is so concerned about the civilian population, they only need to do one thing, stop their offensive and withdraw their troops from Ukraine.”

Ambassador Rivière continued, “rather than doing that Russia hopes to obtain from the Security Council permission to continue its war. This maneuver is not fooling anyone.”

He reiterated, “the result of this vote indicates that very clearly, the members of this council are not going to allow Russia to use the United Nations and international humanitarian law in this way.”

Chinese Ambassador Zhang Jun also spoke after the vote. He said, “China's vote in favor of the draft resolution was based on our call for the international community to attach high importance to the humanitarian situation in Ukraine, and for the parties concerned to strengthen coordination on humanitarian issues, so as to effectively protect the safety of civilians, especially women, children and other vulnerable groups, and to facilitate the personnel evacuation and humanitarian relief operations.”

Russian Ambassador Vasily Nebenzia told the Council, “the vote which took place has exposed all of those, for whom politicization of the humanitarian dose is more important than assistance from the United Nations in the delivery of humanitarian assistance to vulnerable Ukrainians.”

The Russian Ambassador continued, “we have heard today from some delegations, specifically the US delegation that they do not wish to participate in any way whatsoever in a resolution that was proposed by the Russian Federation.”

He went on asking the US Ambassador, “in that case, why did you abstain from it? You could have voted against it. We all understand perfectly well about the true motivations behind your abstention, not exercising the veto right. Which would be have been possible.”

Ambassador Nebenzia also said that his country has "no use for chemical or biological weapons.”

He reiterated, “this is an unimaginable accusation leveled at the Russian Federation.”

Ambassador Nebenzia continued, “believe us we have other means of warfare,” adding that “accusing the Russian Federation, like this is simply unworthy here the city council, especially given the fact that such weapons were destroyed by us long ago.”

Later in response to the Russian Ambassador questioning why US decided to abstain and not veto, US Ambassador Greenfield said that it was not necessary to veto, considering thirteen members of this Council abstained, and that was all that was required to defeat the resolution.
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