UN / UKRAINE HIGH LEVEL SECURITY COUNCIL

22-Sep-2022 00:07:02
The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, told the Security Council that talk of a nuclear conflict in Ukraine is "totally unacceptable" and the so-called referenda in areas under Russian control would be an “annexation” that violates the UN Charter and international law. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / UKRAINE HIGH LEVEL SECURITY COUNCIL
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / FRENCH / RUSSIAN / NATS

DATELINE: 22 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Exterior shot, UN Headquarters

22 SEPTEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (French) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The idea of nuclear conflict, once unthinkable, has become a subject of debate. This in itself is totally unacceptable. All nuclear-armed states should recommit to the non-use and total elimination of nuclear weapons.
4. Wide shot, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (French) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I am also deeply concerned by reports of plans to organize so-called “referenda” in areas of Ukraine that are currently not under government control. Any annexation of a State’s territory by another State resulting from the threat or use of force is a violation of the UN Charter and of international law.”
6. Med shot, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has been documenting the unacceptable impact of this war on human rights. The reports are a catalogue of cruelty: summary executions, sexual violence, torture and other inhumane and degrading treatment against civilians and prisoners of war. The latest accounts of burial sites in Izyum are extremely disturbing. All these allegations must be thoroughly investigated, to ensure accountability.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Perpetrators must be held to account in fair and independent judicial proceedings. Victims and their families have a right to justice, remedy and reparation. Ending impunity for international crimes is fundamental. In all this, the International Criminal Court plays an important role to ensure effective accountability. The Prosecutor of the Court has opened an investigation into the situation in Ukraine. Full cooperation with the court is essential.”
10. Med shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Karim Asad Ahmad Khan, Prosecutor, ICC:
“We're now at the stage of continuing forensic, objective and impartial, sometimes painstaking work, to grapple with the facts, to separate truth from fiction and to build a picture of what actually happened. In May, we made the largest field deployment that the ICC has seen. And since May, we have had a permanent field presence in Ukraine. I can announce that next week further members of my office will also deploy to Ukraine in relation to allegations emerging from the east of the country.”
12. Med shot, delegations listened to the briefer
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Karim Asad Ahmad Khan, Prosecutor, ICC:
“Through this work a picture will emerge. And the picture that I've seen so far is troubling indeed. I have been to Ukraine three times, and I have seen a variety of destruction, of suffering, of harm that fortifies my determination and my previous finding that there are reasonable grounds to believe that crimes within the jurisdiction of the court have been committed.”
14. Med shot, delegations listen to the briefer
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Karim Asad Ahmad Khan, Prosecutor, ICC:
“And if I may, Madam President, be quite direct. When I went to Bucha and went behind Saint Agnes Church, the bodies I saw were not fake. When I walked the streets of Borodyanka the destruction that I saw of buildings and schools was all too real. And when I left Kharkiv, the bombs I heard land gave a very somber insight, and a very small insight, into the awful reality that is faced by many of our brothers and sisters and children that are in a war zone.”
16. Wide shot, Security Council
17. SOUNDBITE (French) Catherine Colonna, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, France:
“The Court is investigating facts that may, according to its Prosecutor, constitute crimes of war and crimes against humanity. We will see his conclusions. But as of today, we can – and must – say that those responsible will be identified, prosecuted and, ultimately, judged. Time may seem long for the victims and their families, but they must have certainty that they will not go unpunished. We owe them.”
18. Wide shot, Security Council
19. SOUNDBITE (English) Antony Blinken, Secretary of State, United States:
“This from a country that in January of this year, in this place, joined other permanent members of the Security Council in signing a statement affirming that and I quote, nuclear war can never be won, and must never be fought. Yet another example of how Russia violates the commitments made before this body. And yet another reason why nobody should take Russia at its word today. You know that every Council member could send a clear message that these reckless nuclear threats must stop immediately.”
20. Med shot, delegations listen to the briefer
21. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation:
“We also noticed the increased activity of international justice with regard to Ukraine, supposedly efforts to investigate crimes committed in Ukraine that are ascribed to Russian authorities. All of this is simply a propaganda operation.”
22. Med shot, Security Council
23. SOUNDBITE (English) Dmytro Kuleba, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ukraine:
“Many of you may have seen the image of a dead hand of a 36-year-old Ukrainian soldier, his name was Serhiy Sova, with the blue and yellow bracelet still on it. I do wear one, too. Just wanted to show it to you [raises arm]. Many of us do. And Russia should know one thing: it will never be able to kill all of us. And this is why. Because on February 24th, when Russia attacked Ukraine from all directions, within the first 24 hours, tens of thousands of Ukrainians returned from abroad to defend their country. And what happened within the first 24 hours after President Putin announced mobilization? The opposite.”
24. Wide shot, Security Council
STORYLINE
The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, told the Security Council that talk of a nuclear conflict in Ukraine is "totally unacceptable" and the so-called referenda in areas under Russian control would be an “annexation” that violates the UN Charter and international law.

“The idea of nuclear conflict, once unthinkable, has become a subject of debate. This in itself is totally unacceptable. All nuclear-armed states should recommit to the non-use and total elimination of nuclear weapons,” said the UN chief today (22 Sep).

Guterres also informed the Member States that the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has been documenting the “unacceptable impact of this war on human rights.”

According to him, the reports are “a catalogue of cruelty”, that include summary executions, sexual violence, torture and other inhumane and degrading treatment against civilians and prisoners of war. He called the latest accounts of burial sites in Izyum “extremely disturbing”.

For the Secretary-General, “all these allegations must be thoroughly investigated, to ensure accountability.”

According to Guterres, “perpetrators must be held to account in fair and independent judicial proceedings” and “victims and their families have a right to justice, remedy and reparation.”

The UN chief said that “ending impunity for international crimes is fundamental” and the International Criminal Court (ICC) plays “an important role to ensure effective accountability.”

The ICC Prosecutor, Karim Asad Ahmad Khan, also addressed the Council, informing that the Court is “now at the stage of continuing forensic, objective and impartial, sometimes painstaking work, to grapple with the facts, to separate truth from fiction and to build a picture of what actually happened.”

In May, Khan said, ICC made its largest field deployment ever and has maintained a presence in the country ever since. The Prosecutor also announced that next week further members will be deployed, in relation to allegations emerging from the East of the country.

“Through this work a picture will emerge,” Khan said. “And the picture that I've seen so far is troubling indeed. I have been to Ukraine three times, and I have seen a variety of destruction, of suffering, of harm that fortifies my determination and my previous finding that there are reasonable grounds to believe that crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court have been committed.”

Khan then described the bodies he saw behind Saint Agnes Church, in Bucha, the destruction of buildings and schools he witnessed in Borodyanka and the bombings he heard in Kharkiv.

All this, the Prosecutor said, gave “a very somber insight, and a very small insight, into the awful reality that is faced by many of our brothers and sisters and children that are in a war zone.”

The Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs from France, the country that currently presides the Security Council and called for the meeting, said that Members States should wait for the conclusions of the investigations, but also must, as of today, “say that those responsible will be identified, prosecuted and, ultimately, judged.”

“Time may seem long for the victims and their families, but they must have certainty that they will not go unpunished. We owe them,” said Catherine Colonna.

From the United States, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that Russia’s nuclear threats, after all their international commitments on this topic, are “yet another reason why nobody should take Russia at its word today.”

Blinken also said that “every Council member could send a clear message that these reckless nuclear threats must stop immediately.”

Sergey Lavrov, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, highlighted the “increased activity of international justice with regard to Ukraine” and the “efforts to investigate crimes committed in Ukraine that are ascribed to Russian authorities.”

For Lavrov, “all of this is simply a propaganda operation.”

Speaking for Ukraine, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dmytro Kuleba, recalled the photo of a hand of a dead 36-year-old Ukrainian soldier, Serhiy Sova, still holding a blue and yellow bracelet. Raising his arm, Kuleba said that he and many Ukrainians wear similar bracelets.

“And Russia should know one thing: it will never be able to kill all of us,” the Minister said.

Kuleba also said that, on February 24th, “when Russia attacked Ukraine from all directions, within the first 24 hours, tens of thousands of Ukrainians returned from abroad to defend their country.”

Now, he asked, “what happened within the first 24 hours after President Putin announced mobilization? The opposite.”
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