UN / GAZA MIDDLE EAST

06-Nov-2023 00:05:09
After UN Security Council close consultations on the situation in Gaza, French Ambassador Nicolas de Rivière told reporters that his country is “deeply concerned at the number of civilian casualties in Gaza, which stands at several thousands,” and announced an "international humanitarian conference for the people of Gaza on November 9th in Paris." UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / GAZA MIDDLE EAST
TRT: 05:09
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 06 NOVEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

06 NOVEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Nicolas de Rivière, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations, at the podium
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicolas de Rivière, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations:
“France is deeply concerned at the number of civilian casualties in Gaza, which stands at several thousands. It condemns the attacks on United Nations sites, on humanitarian personnel. Given the gravity of the humanitarian situation and the scale of the needs of the Gaza population, France calls for an immediate humanitarian truce. This truce must be durable and sustained. It is absolutely necessary and must lead to a ceasefire, safe humanitarian access to the Gaza Strip must also be guaranteed in order to increase the number of humanitarian convoys.”

FILE – NEW YORK CITY

4. Close up, cameraperson

06 NOVEMBER 2023, NEW YOR CITY

5. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicolas de Rivière, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations:
“Given the urgency of the situation and at the initiative of President Emmanuel Macron, France is organizing an international humanitarian conference for the people of Gaza on November 9th in Paris. The aim is to coordinate international efforts to ensure that international humanitarian response meets the needs of the Palestinians.”
6. Close up, French Ambassador talking to reporters
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Robert A. Wood, Alternate Representative of the United States of America for Special Political Affairs in the United Nations:
“We've been concerned about any kind of violence going on along the border with Lebanon. You know, and we've said and we've made very clear that we do not want this war to spread. So we are working to try to make sure that it doesn't because we think it's in no one's interest for that war to spread to Lebanon.”
8. Wide shot, Chinese Ambassador Zhang Jun and UAE Ambassador Lana Zaki Nusseibeh walking to the podium
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Zhang Jun, Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations:
“We call for an urgent humanitarian ceasefire. The Secretary-General just made the same call this morning – a humanitarian ceasefire. Now. This is desperately needed to enable full, rapid, safe, and unhindered humanitarian access, including for UN and humanitarian personnel, consistent with the international humanitarian law. We urge all parties to take steps urgently towards a cessation of hostilities to ensure the protection of civilians. We demand that the parties to the conflict facilitate the continuous, sufficient, and unhindered provision of essential goods and services to all civilians throughout the Gaza Strip. These must include electricity, water, fuel, food, and medical supplies sustained and at a scale.”

FILE – NEW YORK CITY

10. Close up, cameraperson

06 NOVEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

11. SOUNDBITE (English) Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, United Arab Emirates Permanent Representative to the United Nations:
“We condemn all violations of international humanitarian law, all violence against civilians, including all acts of terrorism and indiscriminate attacks. We condemn the 7th October attacks by Hamas on Israel. We also condemned the indiscriminate attacks by Israel on the Gaza Strip. We express our grave concern of the continued detention of hostages and demand the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages, as well as their safety, wellbeing and humane treatment consistent with international law.”

FILE – NEW YORK CITY

12. Close up, cameraperson

06 NOVEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

13. SOUNDBITE (English) Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, United Arab Emirates Permanent Representative to the United Nations:
“But the killing and maiming of children, attacks on schools and hospitals in the Gaza Strip and denying children access to humanitarian assistance are all very grave violations against children. We call on all parties to fully comply with their obligations under international humanitarian law, including the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure. We reiterate the need for the parties to take measures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of civilians and their protection, as well as humanitarian and medical personnel, UN personnel and journalists. Wars have rules. And they must be upheld.”

FILE – NEW YORK CITY

14. Close up, cameraperson

06 NOVEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

15. SOUNDBITE (English) Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, United Arab Emirates Permanent Representative to the United Nations:
“I think the gaps remain on what is achievable on the ground, where the political appetite is among some of the major players on this file and the crisis on the ground as well. I think the most pressing need on the ground, which all Council members have recognized is the urgent humanitarian need. But I think the bigger problem, which also many Council members have recognized, is that without a cessation of hostilities, or some kind of humanitarian truce that is immediately implemented, far too many civilians have already lost their lives and far too many more will continue to lose their lives unless that is put into place. But those are some of the parameters of where the gaps in the discussion exist. And I think the conversations are ongoing to try and have impact on the ground.”
16. Wide shot, Ambassadors leaving
STORYLINE
After UN Security Council close consultations on the situation in Gaza today (06 Nov), French Ambassador Nicolas de Rivière told reporters that his country is “deeply concerned at the number of civilian casualties in Gaza, which stands at several thousands,” and announced an "international humanitarian conference for the people of Gaza on November 9th in Paris."

De Rivière said France "condemns the attacks on United Nations sites, on humanitarian personnel.”

The French Ambassador continued, “given the gravity of the humanitarian situation and the scale of the needs of the Giza population, France calls for an immediate humanitarian truce.”

He reiterated, “this truce must be durable and sustained. It is absolutely necessary and must lead to a ceasefire, safe humanitarian access to the Gaza Strip must also be guaranteed in order to increase the number of humanitarian convoys.”

The French Ambassador said the aim of the international conference is "to coordinate international efforts to ensure that international humanitarian response meets the needs of the Palestinians.”

US Ambassador Robert A. Wood also spoke to reporters. He said, “We've been concerned about any kind of violence going on along the border with Lebanon.”

He added, “we've said and we've made very clear that we do not want this war to spread. So we are working to try to make sure that it doesn't because we think it's in no one's interest for that war to spread to Lebanon.”

China, who is holding the Presidency of the Security Council this month, together with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) called for the Council’s meeting.

Speaking in his national capacity, Chinese Ambassador Zhang Jun said, “We call for an urgent humanitarian ceasefire.”

He echoed the Secretary-General’s call this morning – “a humanitarian ceasefire. Now.”

Ambassador Zhang continued, “This is desperately needed to enable full, rapid, safe, and unhindered humanitarian access, including for UN and humanitarian personnel, consistent with the international humanitarian law.”

He also urged all parties to “take steps urgently towards a cessation of hostilities to ensure the protection of civilians. We demand that the parties to the conflict facilitate the continuous, sufficient, and unhindered provision of essential goods and services to all civilians throughout the Gaza Strip. These must include electricity, water, fuel, food, and medical supplies sustained and at a scale.”

Ambassador Lana Zaki Nusseibeh of United Arab Emirates condemned “all violations of international humanitarian law, all violence against civilians, including all acts of terrorism and indiscriminate attacks.”

She continued, “We condemn the 7th October attacks by Hamas on Israel. We also condemned the indiscriminate attacks by Israel on the Gaza Strip.”

The UAE Ambassador expressed “grave concern of the continued detention of hostages and demand the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages, as well as their safety, wellbeing and humane treatment consistent with international law.”

Ambassador Nusseibeh also said, “the killing and maiming of children, attacks on schools and hospitals in the Gaza Strip and denying children access to humanitarian assistance are all very grave violations against children.”

She called on all parties to “fully comply with their obligations under international humanitarian law, including the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure.”

The UAE Ambassador reiterated “the need for the parties to take measures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of civilians and their protection, as well as humanitarian and medical personnel, UN personnel and journalists.”

She emphasized, “wars have rules. And they must be upheld.”

Asked about the gaps in the discussion of the Council’s members to reach a consensus, Ambassador Nusseibeh said, “I think the gaps remain on what is achievable on the ground, where the political appetite is among some of the major players on this file and the crisis on the ground as well.”

She continued, “I think the most pressing need on the ground, which all Council members have recognized, is the urgent humanitarian need. But I think the bigger problem, which also many Council members have recognized, is that without a cessation of hostilities, or some kind of humanitarian truce that is immediately implemented, far too many civilians have already lost their lives and far too many more will continue to lose their lives unless that is put into place.”

She said, “I think the conversations are ongoing to try and have impact on the ground.”
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