UN / UKRAINE NUCLEAR PLANT

23-Aug-2022 00:03:18
Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Rosemary DiCarlo, told the Security Council that the United Nations “remains gravely concerned about the dangerous situation in and around the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in southern Ukraine” and that any potential damage to the facility is “suicidal”. UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 23 AUGUST 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

23 AUGUST 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Rosemary DiCarlo Under Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs:
“The United Nations remains gravely concerned about the dangerous situation in and around the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in southern Ukraine. The plant continues to be operated by Ukrainian technical personnel but has been under the control of the military forces of the Russian Federation since early March.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Rosemary DiCarlo Under Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs:
“The facility must not be used as part of any military operation, and an agreement on a safe perimeter of demilitarization to ensure the safety of the area should be reached. Regrettably, despite numerous calls and appeals, instead of de-escalation, we continue to see almost daily reports of alarming incidents involving the plant.”
6. Close up, Security Council president
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Rosemary DiCarlo Under Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs:
“At this moment, it is imperative that we receive the expressed commitment of the parties to stop any military activities around the plant to enable its continued safe and secure operations. To paraphrase the Secretary-General’s blunt warning, any potential damage to Zaporizhzhia is suicidal.”
8. Close up, Security Council president
9. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vasily Nebenzya, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Russian Federation:
“In the context of this briefing I would like to point out that we heard her [Rosemary DiCarlo] words when she said that the electricity of Zaporizhzhia belongs to Ukraine, but I would like to draw your attention to the fact that we didn't hear similar words from the Secretariat about the frozen Russian financial assets that are frozen in the west or the Iranian oil that are being held by the American authorities who are illegally occupying Syria.”
10. Med shot, Security Council president
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Richard Mills, Deputy U.S. Representative to the United Nations:
“As we speak, Ukraine, neighboring states, the entire international community are living under the threat of a nuclear catastrophe. And people are understandably terrified. People like Tamara Korolkova, a 70-year-old grandmother who can see the plant from her apartment building. She has nightmares about the plant blowing up. She told a reporter for National Public Radio ‘all of us are just scared all the time.’”
12. Med shot, Security Council
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Sergiy Kyslytsya, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations:
“As soon as Russia withdraws the troops from the facility, which they simply have no right to be, the threat of a nuclear disaster will disappear. Just a similar threat disappeared as soon as Russian troops withdrew from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and the exclusion zone and this threat will no longer exist, just as it does not exist as three other Ukrainian nuclear power plants.”
14. Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, Rosemary DiCarlo, told the Security Council that the United Nations “remains gravely concerned about the dangerous situation in and around the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in southern Ukraine” and that any potential damage to the facility is “suicidal”.
Addressing the Council on Tuesday (23 Aug) DiCarlo informed that the plant continues to be operated by Ukrainian technical personnel but has been under the control of the military forces of the Russian Federation since early March.
The UN chief of political affairs said that “the facility must not be used as part of any military operation, and an agreement on a safe perimeter of demilitarization to ensure the safety of the area should be reached.”
“Regrettably, despite numerous calls and appeals, instead of de-escalation, we continue to see almost daily reports of alarming incidents involving the plant”, DiCarlo said.
At this moment, the Under-Secretary-General continued, “it is imperative that we receive the expressed commitment of the parties to stop any military activities around the plant to enable its continued safe and secure operations.”
The Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation, Vasily Nebenzya, noted that Rosemary DiCarlo said the electricity of Zaporizhzhia belongs to Ukraine, but added that the UN Secretariat didn’t say “similar words” about “the frozen Russian financial assets that are frozen in the west or the Iranian oil that are being held by the American authorities who are illegally occupying Syria.”
Representing the United States, Deputy Representative Richard Mills said that Ukraine, neighboring States and the entire international community are “living under the threat of a nuclear catastrophe.”
“And people are understandably terrified”, Mills said, “People like Tamara Korolkova, a 70-year-old grandmother who can see the plant from her apartment building. She has nightmares about the plant blowing up. She told a reporter for National Public Radio ‘all of us are just scared all the time.’”
Sergiy Kyslytsya, the Ukrainian Permanent Representative, told Council Members that “as soon as Russia withdraws the troops from the facility, which they simply have no right to be, the threat of a nuclear disaster will disappear.”
According to Kyslytsya “a similar threat disappeared as soon as Russian troops withdrew from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and the exclusion zone”.
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