GENEVA / SYRIA PEDERSEN PRESSER

08-Nov-2019 00:02:00
UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen announced on Friday in Geneva that initial discussions on a new foundational document for the war-torn country by its opposing parties have been “successful” and will resume in two weeks. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / SYRIA PEDERSEN PRESSER
TRT: 2:00
SOURCE: UNTV CH
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /NATS

DATELINE: 8 NOVEMBER 2019, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
SHOTLIST
1. Exterior shot, Palais des Nations flag alley.
2. Med shot, journalists, podium with Pedersen and spokesperson
3. Close up, onlookers, profile.
4. Wide shot, podium and projection screens, Room III
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Geir Pedersen, UN Special Envoy for Syria:
“The two Co-Chairs have agreed to meet here in Geneva again in 14 days. So, the next round of discussions will start on 25 November.”
6. Med shot, journalists, TV crews
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Geir Pedersen, UN Special Envoy for Syria:
“They have started to listen to each other very seriously. They of course, these are sometimes very painful discussions and it takes courage to sit and listen to the other side presenting its views on these issues. But I think they have begun to address both difficult and painful issues and I think it is fair to say that the discussions have been very professional.”
8. Med shot, observers conferring
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Geir Pedersen, UN Special Envoy for Syria:
“All the issues related to the conflict on Syria and of relevance to developing a new constitution have been addressed.”
10. Med shot, photographer
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Geir Pedersen, UN Special Envoy for Syria:
“Obviously, you know, no secret, that they have been discussing issues related to Syria’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, they have obviously been discussing issues related to terrorism, they have been discussing issues related to the importance of State institutions, they have been discussing issues related to the rule of law, the importance of that, the separation of powers, all issues you could imagine which is of relevance to developing a Constitution.”
12. Wide shot, podium.
13. Wide shot, Pedersen leaving Room III with entourage and TV camera
14. Med shot, UN Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen leaving Room III
STORYLINE
UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen announced on Friday (8 Nov) in Geneva that initial discussions on a new foundational document for the war-torn country by its opposing parties have been “successful” and will resume in two weeks.

“The two Co-Chairs have agreed to meet here in Geneva again in 14 days. So, the next round of discussions will start on 25 November,” he told journalists in the Swiss city.

Describing the discussions in addition as “intensive” among the 45 members of the drafting body - comprising 15 members nominated by the Government of Syria, 15 members nominated by the Opposition and 15 members from civil society – Pedersen said that all issues related to the conflict on Syria and of relevance to developing a new constitution had been addressed.

“They have started to listen to each other very seriously,” he insisted. “They of course, these are sometimes very painful discussions and it takes courage to sit and listen to the other side presenting its views on these issues. But I think they have begun to address both difficult and painful issues and I think it is fair to say that the discussions have been very professional.”

Explaining that discussions had been guided by an agreed code of conduct, the UN Envoy said he expected next steps to be decided after all 150 delegates who had participated in last week’s larger Syrian Constitutional Committee meetings in Geneva had had their say.

“Obviously, you know, no secret, that they have been discussing issues related to Syria’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, they have obviously been discussing issues related to terrorism, they have been discussing issues related to the importance of State institutions, they have been discussing issues related to the rule of law, the importance of that, the separation of powers, all issues you could imagine which is of relevance to developing a Constitution.”

Pedersen also reiterated his previous words of caution that the Syrian Constitutional Committee “in itself is not a solution to the conflict”, before pointing to the significance of “recent developments on the ground”, in reference ongoing violence in northwest and northeast Syria.
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