UN / US AMBASSADOR THOMAS-GREENFIELD

03-May-2022 00:02:07
The United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, urged Russia on Tuesday to continue "to do the right thing” and guarantee safe passage for any civilians who wish to leave conflict areas in Ukraine. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / US AMBASSADOR THOMAS-GREENFIELD
TRT: 02:07
SOURCE: UNIFEED
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/NATS
DATELINE: 03 MAY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES
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RECENT - NEW YORK CITY

1. Exterior, United Nations Headquarters

03 MAY 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States :
“We appreciate and are grateful for the Secretary-General and the Red Cross effort to facilitate the evacuations of civilians from Mariupol. We say to the Russians that they have to do the right thing, they have to continue to guarantee safe passage for any civilians who wish to leave and not impede in any way, and they must also allow the delivery of humanitarian assistance, particularly food and medicines, to those who are left behind, as well as safe passage for volunteers who have gone in to help those individuals.”
4. Wide shot, briefing room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States:
“We will continue to press the Russians on this. We will continue to support the efforts of the Secretary-General to use his good offices to pressure the Russians on this and we will continue to support efforts of other humanitarian organizations who are working under extraordinarily difficult and sometimes dangerous circumstances to provide support to the people in need in Mariupol and in other locations inside of Ukraine.”
6. Wide shot, briefing room
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States:
“The Supreme Court hasn't spoken yet. And while we've seen this document that has been leaked and it raises a number of concerns for all of us, in our international policies in terms of support for women and girls reproductive health, we will continue to support those efforts.”
8.Wide shot, briefing room

RECENT - NEW YORK CITY
9. Exterior, United Nations Headquarters
STORYLINE
The United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, urged Russia on Tuesday (3 May) to continue "to do the right thing” and guarantee safe passage for any civilians who wish to leave conflict areas in Ukraine.

Thomas-Greenfield was speaking to journalists in New York following the news that more than 100 civilians have successfully been evacuated from the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, in an operation successfully coordinated by the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

The Permanent representative said Russia “must also allow the delivery of humanitarian assistance, particularly food and medicines, to those who are left behind, as well as safe passage for volunteers who have gone in to help those individuals.”

Guaranteeing that the United States “*will continue to press the Russians on this”, the ambassador noted the work of “humanitarian organizations who are working under extraordinarily difficult and sometimes dangerous circumstances to provide support to the people in need in Mariupol and in other locations inside of Ukraine.”

Thomas-Greenfield also addressed the reports that the U.S. Supreme Court has voted to strike down the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, which guaranteed federal constitutional protections of abortion rights.

The Permanent Representative noted that “the Supreme Court hasn't spoken yet”, but the leaked decision “raises a number of concerns”.

“In our international policies in terms of support for women and girls reproductive health, we will continue to support those efforts,” she said.

The United States has the presidency of the Security Council during the month of May.
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