UN / GUTERRES ETHIOPIA HAITI

17-Oct-2022 00:04:28
The UN Secretary-General warned that “the situation in Ethiopia is spiraling out of control” and “violence and destruction have reached alarming levels.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / GUTERRES ETHIOPIA HAITI
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DATELINE: 17 OCTOBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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1. Wide shot, United Nations Headquarters

17 OCTOBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Secretary-General António Guterres walks up to stakeout podium
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The situation in Ethiopia is spiraling out of control. Violence and destruction have reached alarming levels. The social fabric is being ripped apart. Hostilities in the Tigray region of Ethiopia must end now – including the immediate withdrawal and disengagement of Eritrean armed forces from Ethiopia. There is no military solution.”

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4. Close up, journalist taking notes
5. Close up, journalist on the phone

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6. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Civilians are paying a horrific price. Indiscriminate attacks -- including in residential areas -- are killing more innocent people every day, damaging critical infrastructure and limiting access to vital services. Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes since hostilities resumed in August, many of them for the second time.”

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7. Close up, journalist on the phone
8. Close up, camera

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9. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“And we are also hearing disturbing accounts of sexual violence and other acts of brutality against women, children and men. All parties must adhere to their obligations under international humanitarian law. Civilians must be protected – and, so, too, humanitarian workers who are being attacked – and even killed -- delivering lifesaving humanitarian aid. The level of need is staggering.”

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10. Close up, journalist taking notes
11. Close up, journalist writing

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12. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Even before the resumption of hostilities, 13 million people required food and other support across Tigray, Amhara and Afar. Deliveries of aid into Tigray have been suspended for more than seven weeks, and assistance to Amhara and Afar has also been disrupted. All parties must allow and facilitate the rapid and unimpeded passage of humanitarian relief for all civilians in need.”


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13. Close up, journalist taking notes

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14. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The United Nations is ready to support the African Union in every possible way to end this nightmare for the Ethiopian people. We need the urgent resumption of talks towards an effective, lasting political settlement. The international community must rally together now for peace in Ethiopia.”

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15. Close up, camera

17 OCTOBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY

16. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The United Nations is ready to support the African Union in every possible way to end this nightmare for the Ethiopian people. We need the urgent resumption of talks towards an effective, lasting political settlement. The international community must rally together now for peace in Ethiopia.”

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17. Close up, camera

17 OCTOBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY

18. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We live in an absolutely dramatic situation. We have the harbor blocked by the gangs, not allowing fuel and other needed materials to move. We have, because of that, no fuel in the city. Having no fuel, there is no water. And we have an outbreak of cholera. And you know that the treatment for cholera, the most important item, is hydration, and there isn't water available in the city. So, it's an absolutely nightmarish situation for the population of Haiti, especially in Port Au Prince.”

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19. Close up, journalist taking notes

17 OCTOBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY

20. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Twice I’ve referred in informal meetings in the Security Council and then formally through report and letter that I presented, that I believe that we need, not only to strengthen the police, strengthening it with training, with equipment and with a number of other measures, but in the present circumstances, we need an armed action to release the port and to allow for a humanitarian corridor to be established. I'm talking of something to be done in support of the Haitian police and something to be done based on strict humanitarian criteria, independent of the political dimensions of the political problem that need to be solved by the Haitians themselves.”
21. Pan right, Guterres walks away
STORYLINE
The UN Secretary-General warned that “the situation in Ethiopia is spiraling out of control” and “violence and destruction have reached alarming levels.”

Speaking to journalists in New York on Monday (17 Oct), António Guterres said that “the social fabric is being ripped apart.”

“Hostilities in the Tigray region of Ethiopia must end now – including the immediate withdrawal and disengagement of Eritrean armed forces from Ethiopia,” continued the UN chief.

Stressing that “there is no military solution”, Guterres added that “civilians are paying a horrific price.”

According to him, “indiscriminate attacks -- including in residential areas -- are killing more innocent people every day, damaging critical infrastructure and limiting access to vital services.”

The Secretary-General noted that “hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes since hostilities resumed in August, many of them for the second time.”

Guterres also mentioned “disturbing accounts of sexual violence and other acts of brutality against women, children and men.”

Asking all parties to adhere to their obligations under international humanitarian law, the UN chief said that “civilians must be protected – and, so, too, humanitarian workers who are being attacked – and even killed -- delivering lifesaving humanitarian aid.”

The Secretary-General also addressed the humanitarian crisis, calling the level of need “staggering.”

Even before the resumption of hostilities, he said that 13 million people required food and other support across Tigray, Amhara and Afar.

Now, Guterres continued, “deliveries of aid into Tigray have been suspended for more than seven weeks, and assistance to Amhara and Afar has also been disrupted.”

The Secretary-General repeated that all parties must allow and facilitate the rapid and unimpeded passage of humanitarian relief for all civilians in need.

Guterres also informed that the “United Nations is ready to support the African Union in every possible way to end this nightmare for the Ethiopian people.”

The UN chief believes the country needs “the urgent resumption of talks towards an effective, lasting political settlement” and that the international community “must rally together now for peace in Ethiopia.”

Answering questions from journalists about Haiti, the Secretary-General said that he believes that the international community needs “an armed action to release the port and to allow for a humanitarian corridor to be established.”

“I'm talking of something to be done in support of the Haitian police and something to be done based on strict humanitarian criteria, independent of the political dimensions of the political problem that need to be solved by the Haitians themselves,” the UN chief explained.

Guterres also said that he had referred this option in meetings of the Security Council, in a report and in a letter.

He also believes that the Haitian police needs to be strengthened “with training, with equipment and with a number of other measures”.

The Secretary-General said Haiti lives “an absolutely dramatic situation”, with “the harbor blocked by the gangs, not allowing fuel and other needed materials to move.”

“We have, because of that, no fuel in the city. Having no fuel, there is no water. And we have an outbreak of cholera. And you know that the treatment for cholera, the most important item, is hydration, and there isn't water available in the city,” said Guterres.

For the UN chief, this is “ an absolutely nightmarish situation for the population of Haiti, especially in Port Au Prince.”
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