UN / UKRAINE NUCLEAR PLANT REAX

15-Aug-2022 00:02:22
Referring to comments by various Russian officials accusing the United Nations Secretariat of having either canceled or blocked a visit by the IAEA to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, a UN spokesperson told reporters the UN Secretariat has no authority to either block or cancel any IAEA activities. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / UKRAINE NUCLEAR PLANT REAX
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LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 15 AUGUST 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, UN Headquarters

15 AUGUST 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Dujarric on podium, journalists, press room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Just want to start off with a note and a clarification on Ukraine. As you may have seen in the past few days, there have been repeated comments by various Russian officials accusing the United Nations Secretariat of having either canceled or blocked a visit by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.
I want to clarify a few points. First, the IAEA is a specialized agency that acts in full independence in deciding how to implement its specific mandate. Second, the UN Secretariat has no authority to either block or cancel any IAEA activities. Third, in close contact with the IAEA, the UN Secretariat has assessed that it has, in Ukraine, the logistics and security capacity to be able to support any IAEA mission to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant from Kyiv, should both Ukrainian and Russian authorities agree.”
4. Wide shot, Dujarric on podium, journalists, press room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“My understanding from the AIEA is that they would like to see this mission goes quickly as possible. It's their mandate. They're in the lead. We will support them in any way we can. And I think the statement is pretty clear, that we have the security, the logistics, the capacity to help them get to Zaporizhzhia from Kyiv, right? But there needs to be an agreement with the two, with Russia and Ukraine, for obvious reasons that we know that the power plant is currently in territory held by Russia. I think the impetus for me saying this comes from the fact that we have all seen statements coming out saying that the Secretary-General, the Secretariat, is standing in the way or is blocked or has stopped the AIEA. And that's just not the case.”
6. Wide shot, Dujarric leaving the podium, journalists, press room
STORYLINE
Referring to comments by various Russian officials accusing the United Nations Secretariat of having either canceled or blocked a visit by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, a UN spokesperson told reporters the UN Secretariat has no authority to either block or cancel any IAEA activities.

Briefing journalists today (15 Ago) in New York, UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric clarified that the IAEA is a specialized agency that acts in full independence in deciding how to implement its specific mandate.

He also said that in close contact with the IAEA, the UN Secretariat has assessed that it has, in Ukraine, the logistics and security capacity to be able to support any IAEA mission to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant from Kyiv, “should both Ukrainian and Russian authorities agree.”

Answering a question, Dujarric also said, “My understanding from the AIEA is that they would like to see this mission goes quickly as possible. It's their mandate. They're in the lead. We will support them in any way we can.”

He concluded, “the impetus for me saying this comes from the fact that we have all seen statements coming out saying that the Secretary-General, the Secretariat, is standing in the way or is blocked or has stopped the AIEA. And that's just not the case.”
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