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29-Nov-2022 00:03:33
UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen told the Security Council, “I have warned of the dangers of military escalation in Syria. I am here in person today to tell you that escalatory dynamics are taking place, and this is worrying and dangerous.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 29 NOVEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT
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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations

29 NOVEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, Security Council
3.SOUNDBITE (English) Geir Pedersen, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria:
“In repeated briefings, I have warned of the dangers of military escalation in Syria. I am here in person today to tell you that escalatory dynamics are taking place, and this is worrying and dangerous.”
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5.SOUNDBITE (English) Geir Pedersen, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria:
“Such an escalation would not only compound the devastating harm already meted out to Syrian civilians. It would also further endanger regional stability. And listed terrorist groups, that are subdued but not defeated, would immediately take advantage of any fresh instability.”
6. Wide shot, Security Council
7.SOUNDBITE (English) Geir Pedersen, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria:
“Let me therefore call loudly and clearly on all actors to restrain themselves and engage in serious efforts to reinstate the calm, move towards a nationwide ceasefire and a cooperative approach to counterterrorism in line with international humanitarian law. The protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure are absolutely essential. Syria needs less military activity and more focus on the political process and implementation of Security Council resolution 2254.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9.SOUNDBITE (English) Geir Pedersen, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria:
“I am concerned that the Constitutional Committee has not met for six months. This is the only process in which Syrians nominated by the government and the opposition and from civil society meet and discuss aspects of their common future. The longer it lies dormant, the harder it will be to resume. And the absence of a credible political process can only promote further conflict and instability.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“As I said before each time, cross-line deliveries can and must, and will be an important complement to the cross-border operation, and we hope to see further progress on those operations as well. Cross-border operations remain of course essential nevertheless for the lives of more than four million people now living in the north-west.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council
13.SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Alhakam Dandy, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations:
“The Syrian Arab Republic condemns in the strongest terms in Turkish attacks. The pretexts used by the Turkish regime to justify these attacks have been exposed and no longer fool anyone, especially as the Turkish regime continues to support terrorist groups and is sponsoring to this day Da'esh and Al-Nusra Front. Syria calls upon the Security Council to compel the Turkish regime to end illegal military presence on Syrian territories immediately.”
14. Wide shot, Security Council
15.SOUNDBITE (English) Feridun Sinirlioğlu, Permanent Representative of Türkiye to United Nations:
“We will continue to carry out counter-terror operations to protect our people and to ensure our border security and exercise routine our inherit right of self-defense, as reflected in Article 51 of the UN Charter and in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions on the fight against terrorism.”
16. Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen told the Security Council, “I have warned of the dangers of military escalation in Syria. I am here in person today to tell you that escalatory dynamics are taking place, and this is worrying and dangerous.”

Addressing the Security Council today (29 Nov) in New York, Pedersen highlighted that the
trend lines are deeply worrying, and carry real dangers of further escalation. He warned the Security Council of the scenario where large-scale military operations by one actor then have knock-on effects across all other theatres, unravelling the strategic stalemate that has brought a measure of relative calm for almost three years.

The Special Envoy said, “such an escalation would not only compound the devastating harm already meted out to Syrian civilians. It would also further endanger regional stability. And listed terrorist groups, that are subdued but not defeated, would immediately take advantage of any fresh instability.”

Pedersen reiterated, “let me therefore call loudly and clearly on all actors to restrain themselves and engage in serious efforts to reinstate the calm, move towards a nationwide ceasefire and a cooperative approach to counterterrorism in line with international humanitarian law. The protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure are absolutely essential.”

He added, “Syria needs less military activity and more focus on the political process and implementation of Security Council resolution 2254.”

The Special Envoy also stressed that Syrian civilians continue to experience terrible suffering in myriad ways beyond the effects of violent conflict. 6.8 million have been forced to flee and remain internally displaced. Another 6.8 million more are refugees. And 14.6 million Syrians need humanitarian assistance. These needs that have grown in recent years in lockstep with catastrophic economic conditions, resulting from more than a decade of war and conflict, corruption, mismanagement, the Lebanese financial crisis, COVID, sanctions and the war in Ukraine.

Pedersen also expressed concern that the Constitutional Committee has not met for six months..

He said, “this is the only process in which Syrians nominated by the government and the opposition and from civil society meet and discuss aspects of their common future. The longer it lies dormant, the harder it will be to resume. And the absence of a credible political process can only promote further conflict and instability.”

UN Humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths briefed the Council via a video link. He said, “cross-line deliveries can and must, and will be an important complement to the cross-border operation, and we hope to see further progress on those operations as well. Cross-border operations remain of course essential nevertheless for the lives of more than four million people now living in the north-west.”

Alhakam Dandy, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the United Nations, told the Council that his country “condemns in the strongest terms in Turkish attacks.”
He said, “the pretexts used by the Turkish regime to justify these attacks have been exposed and no longer fool anyone, especially as the Turkish regime continues to support terrorist groups and is sponsoring to this day Da'esh and Al-Nusra Front. Syria calls upon the Security Council to compel the Turkish regime to end illegal military presence on Syrian territories immediately.”

Turkish Ambassador Feridun Sinirlioğlu said, “we will continue to carry out counter-terror operations to protect our people and to ensure our border security and exercise routine our inherit right of self-defense, as reflected in Article 51 of the UN Charter and in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions on the fight against terrorism.”
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