UN / NORD STREAM PIPELINES

30-Sep-2022 00:03:46
On recent leaks in the Nord Stream pipelines, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, Navid Hanif told Security Council, “any attack on critical civilian infrastructure, including energy infrastructure, would be unacceptable. This incident must not be allowed to further increase tensions or deepen divisions in an already tense regional context.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / NORD STREAM PIPELINES
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / RUSSIAN / NATS

DATELINE: 30 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT
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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

30 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, Security Council
3.SOUNDBITE(English) Navid Hanif, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs:
“Any attack on critical civilian infrastructure, including energy infrastructure, would be unacceptable. This incident must not be allowed to further increase tensions or deepen divisions in an already tense regional context.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE(English) Navid Hanif, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs:
“At this stage, a site inspection has yet to be done and details on what exactly happened remain unknown. While the causes of the incident are being investigated, it is equally urgent to address the consequences of these leaks”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE(English) Navid Hanif, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs:
“The incident can exacerbate the high price volatility on the energy markets in Europe and around the world.”
8.Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE(English) Navid Hanif, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs:
“Second, the potential environmental impact of the leaks is a matter of concern. Discharge of hundreds of million cubic meters of gas into the atmosphere would result in hundreds of thousands of tonnes of methane emissions.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE(English) Navid Hanif, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs:
The incident also makes manifestly clear the vulnerability of critical energy infrastructure. It underscores the importance of accelerating energy transition to create a clean, resilient, sustainable energy system, while ensuring universal access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy for all.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Vasily Nebenzya, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Russian Federation:
“It makes no sense for us to destroy a project in which we have invested into such a huge amount and for which there could be a significant economic return for us with our own hands. After all, you, yourself in the West have claimed that we profited from the export of energy resources and benefit from the rising prices.”
14. Wide shot, Security Council
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Vasily Nebenzya, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Russian Federation:
“Colleagues, of course we are not setting the goal of finding and naming the perpetrators today. Security Council is not a judicial body, it should not take on such tasks. That is why Russia advocates a comprehensive investigation to shed light on the true circumstances of the incidents.”
16. Wide shot, Security Council
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Richard Mills, Deputy U.S. Representative to the United Nations:
“Deliberate actions to damage critical infrastructure can't be tolerated. Efforts to investigate are underway and the United States strongly supports European efforts to conduct this important investigation. It could take time but the search for the truth will not be rushed.”
18. Wide shot, Security Council
19. SOUNDBITE (English) Richard Mills, Deputy U.S. Representative to the United Nations:
“My Russian colleague continues to use inflammatory rhetoric that is accusing the United States of being involved in this act of sabotage. Let me answer his question. Let me be clear, United States categorically denies any involvement in this incident. And we reject any assertions saying the contrary.”
20. Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
On recent leaks in the Nord Stream pipelines, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, Navid Hanif told Security Council, “any attack on critical civilian infrastructure, including energy infrastructure, would be unacceptable. This incident must not be allowed to further increase tensions or deepen divisions in an already tense regional context.”

The Assistant Secretary-General today (30 Sep) was requested to brief the Security Council on the issue of recent leaks in the Nord Stream pipelines.

Hanif emphasized that all information and data cited in his brief are from publicly available sources, and the UN is not in a position to verify or confirm any of the reported details relating to this incident.

The Assistant Secretary-General said, “at this stage, a site inspection has yet to be done and details on what exactly happened remain unknown. While the causes of the incident are being investigated, it is equally urgent to address the consequences of these leaks”

First, Hanif said, “the incident can exacerbate the high price volatility on the energy markets in Europe and around the world.”

Second, “the potential environmental impact of the leaks is a matter of concern, discharge of hundreds of million cubic meters of gas into the atmosphere would result in hundreds of thousands of tonnes of methane emissions,” said the Assistant Secretary-General.

Third, Hanif said, “the incident also makes manifestly clear the vulnerability of critical energy infrastructure. It underscores the importance of accelerating energy transition to create a clean, resilient, sustainable energy system, while ensuring universal access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy for all.”

Russian Abmassador Vasily Nebenzya also briefed the Council.

He said, “it makes no sense for us to destroy a project in which we have invested into such a huge amount and for which there could be a significant economic return for us with our own hands. After all, you, yourself in the West have claimed that we profited from the export of energy resources and benefit from the rising prices.”

Ambassador Nebenzya also said, “colleagues, of course we are not setting the goal of finding and naming the perpetrators today. Security Council is not a judicial body, it should not take on such tasks. That is why Russia advocates a comprehensive investigation to shed light on the true circumstances of the incidents.”

“Deliberate actions to damage critical infrastructure can't be tolerated,” US Ambassador Richard Mills reiterated.

He said, “efforts to investigate are underway and the United States strongly supports European efforts to conduct this important investigation. It could take time but the search for the truth will not be rushed.”

Ambassador Mills also said, “my Russian colleague continues to use inflammatory rhetoric that is accusing the United States of being involved in this act of sabotage. Let me answer his question. Let me be clear, United States categorically denies any involvement in this incident. And we reject any assertions saying the contrary.”
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