UN / UKRAINE

27-Oct-2022 00:02:55
Adedeji Ebo, Deputy to High Representative for Disarmament Affairs told Security Council, “we are aware that the Russian Federation has filed an official complaint in line with the provisions of Article Six regarding allegations of biological weapons programs in Ukraine,” adding that the United Nations is “not aware of any such biological weapons programs. This remains the case today.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / UKRAINE
TRT: 2:55
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / RUSSIAN / NATS

DATELINE: 27 OCTOBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT
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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

27 OCTOBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, Security Council
3.SOUNDBITE (English) Adedeji Ebo, Director and Deputy to High Representative for Disarmament Affairs:
“We are aware that the Russian Federation has filed an official complaint in line with the provisions of Article Six regarding allegations of biological weapons programs in Ukraine. As High Representative Nakamitsu informed the council in March and May of this year, the United Nations is not aware of any such biological weapons programs. This remains the case today.”
4.Wide shot, Security Council
5.SOUNDBITE (English) Adedeji Ebo, Director and Deputy to High Representative for Disarmament Affairs:
“I would also like to note that United Nations currently has neither the mandate, nor the technical operational capacity to investigate this information.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Adedeji Ebo, Director and Deputy to High Representative for Disarmament Affairs:
“As High Representative Nakamitsu mentioned previously, the operations and institutional structures of the BWC must be further bolstered to ensure it is properly equipped and resourced to face future challenges. The conventions upcoming ninth review conference in November and December this year, presents the ideal opportunity for State parties to comprehensively strengthen the convention.”
8.Wide shot, Security Council
9.SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vasily Nebenzya, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Russian Federation:
“Depending on the result of the consideration of our complaint and UN Security Council draft resolution, Russia will make a decision on how to move forward to ensure national, regional and global biosecurity as well on how to strengthen the BWC and resolve the situation related to the violations by the US and Ukraine have their obligations under the convention in the context of the operational laboratories on the Ukrainian territory.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, United States:
“The United States does not have a biological weapons program. There are no Ukrainian biological weapons laboratories supported by the United States. Ukraine does own and operate a public health laboratory infrastructure, as do many countries that seek to guard themselves from infectious diseases.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Khrystyna Hayovyshyn, Deputy Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations:
“Ukraine has never ever developed, produced or stored alone or together with someone else biological or chemical weapons. Our country does not possess the corresponding infrastructure for biological weapons development and production.”
14.Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
Adedeji Ebo, Deputy to High Representative for Disarmament Affairs told Security Council, “we are aware that the Russian Federation has filed an official complaint in line with the provisions of Article Six regarding allegations of biological weapons programs in Ukraine,” adding that the United Nations is “not aware of any such biological weapons programs. This remains the case today.”

Speaking at the Council today (27 Oct) in New York, Ebo noted that “United Nations currently has neither the mandate, nor the technical operational capacity to investigate this information.”

He also said, “as High Representative Nakamitsu mentioned previously, the operations and institutional structures of the BWC must be further bolstered to ensure it is properly equipped and resourced to face future challenges.”

The Deputy to High Representative for Disarmament Affairs reiterated, “the conventions upcoming ninth review conference in November and December this year, presents the ideal opportunity for State parties to comprehensively strengthen the convention.”

Russian Ambassador Vasily Nebenzya told the Council that depending on the result of the consideration of his country’s complaint and UN Security Council draft resolution, “Russia will make a decision on how to move forward to ensure national, regional and global biosecurity as well on how to strengthen the BWC and resolve the situation related to the violations by the US and Ukraine have their obligations under the convention in the context of the operational laboratories on the Ukrainian territory.”

US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield reiterated to the Council that “the United States does not have a biological weapons program. There are no Ukrainian biological weapons laboratories supported by the United States.”

She continued, “Ukraine does own and operate a public health laboratory infrastructure, as do many countries that seek to guard themselves from infectious diseases.”

Khrystyna Hayovyshyn, Deputy Permanent Representative of Ukraine said, “Ukraine has never ever developed, produced or stored alone or together with someone else biological or chemical weapons. Our country does not possess the corresponding infrastructure for biological weapons development and production.”
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