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Ambassador Nicolas de Riviere, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations and President of the Security Council for the month of June and Ambassador Christoph Heusgen, Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations and President of the Security Council for the month of July brief reporters on the Security Council programmes of work for the coming months. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 01 JUNE 2020, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

01 JUNE 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicolas de Rivière, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations, and President of the Security Council for the month of June:
“The SG already proposed two names, one after the other, and the first one was rejected, and the second one has not been agreed yet. It’s really painful. I really think we should authorize the SG to appoint a successor to Mr Salame.”

FILE - NEW YORK CITY

3. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

01 JUNE 2020, NEW YORK CITY

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicolas de Rivière, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations, and President of the Security Council for the month of June:
“The COVID-19 resolution, I don’t think it’s dead. We haven’t been able to reach a conclusion. We will continue to try as much as we can, France and Tunisia. I think you are right. There is a big difference between the US and China on this one. I am not sure it can be overcome in the next days and weeks, but we cannot afford to give up and we will not.”

FILE - NEW YORK CITY

5. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

01 JUNE 2020, NEW YORK CITY

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Nicolas de Rivière, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations, and President of the Security Council for the month of June:
“We have this agreement. This agreement worked well, it worked well, and it needs to be protected. So, this is why the Europeans want to preserve this framework. You cannot replace a framework that works with the absence of any framework. Especially when you are dealing with nuclear proliferation, because this is priority number one. In the absence of such a framework you go back to the situation before 2015, where there is absolutely no limitation for Iran to go back to its full nuclear military programme. So, we think it will be irresponsible and we need to be very careful.”

FILE - NEW YORK CITY

7. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

01 JUNE 2020, NEW YORK CITY

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Christoph Heusgen, Permanent, Representative of Germany to the United Nations, and President of the Security Council for the month of July:
"Right now, when you look at the country, it is the hardest hit by COVID-19 with incredible numbers. And so, we have the conflict, we have COVID-19, we have no governance basically, and we owe it to the people that indeed here we actually respond to the appeal by the Secretary-General.”

FILE - NEW YORK CITY

9. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

01 JUNE 2020, NEW YORK CITY

10. SOUNDBITE (English) Christoph Heusgen, Permanent, Representative of Germany to the United Nations, and President of the Security Council for the month of July:
"On Israel’s plans for annexation you know our position has been very clear. For us we remain committed to the UN Security Council resolutions. All changes of borders have to be agreed upon between the parties, between Israelis and Palestinians. And, as I said, with regards to the borders there are clear resolutions of the UN Security Council which remain valid.”

FILE - NEW YORK CITY

11. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

STORYLINE:

Ambassador Nicolas de Riviere, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations and President of the Security Council for the month of June and Ambassador Christoph Heusgen, Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations and President of the Security Council for the month of July brief reporters today (1 Jun) on the Security Council programmes of work for the coming months.

De Rivière said that Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has “already proposed two names, one after the other,” to replace his Special Envoy for Libya Ghassan Salame, “and the first one was rejected, and the second one has not been agreed yet.”

On a Security Council resolution on COVID-19, de Rivière said “I don’t think it’s dead. We haven’t been able to reach a conclusion. We will continue to try as much as we can, France and Tunisia. I think you are right. There is a big difference between the US and China on this one. I am not sure it can be overcome in the next days and weeks, but we cannot afford to give up and we will not.”

On the Iran nuclear weapons agreement, the French Ambassador said “this agreement worked well, it worked well, and it needs to be protected. So, this is why the Europeans want to preserve this framework. You cannot replace a framework that works with the absence of any framework. Especially when you are dealing with nuclear proliferation, because this is priority number one. In the absence of such a framework you go back to the situation before 2015, where there is absolutely no limitation for Iran to go back to its full nuclear military programme. So, we think it will be irresponsible and we need to be very careful.”

For his part Heusgen, said Yemen is right now, the country, "hardest hit by COVID-19, with incredible numbers.”

He said, "we have the conflict, we have COVID-19, we have no governance basically, and we owe it to the people that indeed here we actually respond” to the appeal by the Secretary-General for urgent de-escalation in Yemen.

On Israel’s plans for a 1 July annexation of the West Bank, Heugsen said, “our position has been very clear. For us we remain committed to the UN Security Council resolutions. All changes of borders have to be agreed upon between the parties, between Israelis and Palestinians. And, as I said, with regards to the borders there are clear resolutions of the UN Security Council which remain valid.”
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