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UN / WEAPONS EXPORT VIOLATIONS

The High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Izumi Nakamitsu, said, “Emanating from any arms transfer is the inherent risk of diversion of the equipment to unauthorized end users.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / WEAPONS EXPORT VIOLATIONS
TRT: 02:47
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGES: ENGLISH / RUSSIAN / NATS

DATELINE: 10 APRIL 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, flags, UN Headquarters

10 APRIL 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Med shot, Nakamitsu seating, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Izumi Nakamitsu, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, United Nations:
“Emanating from any arms transfer is the inherent risk of diversion of the equipment to unauthorized end users. Measures to counter the potential diversion of weapons and ammunition contribute to international peace and security, particularly to conflict resolution and prevention efforts.”
4. Med shot, delegates, Security Council
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Izumi Nakamitsu, High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, United Nations:
“Transparency in armaments is yet another confidence-building measure, which can serve to reduce tensions, ambiguities, and misperceptions between Member States. The UN Register of Conventional Arms, which was established in 1992, remains a key tool in this regard. I strongly encourage all Member States to participate in this transparency mechanism.”
6. Med shot, delegates, Security Council
7. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vasily Nebenzya, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Russian Federation:
“Western countries continue to promote the concept of responsible behavior and strengthening control over weapons circulation. However, the crises that they provoked themselves in Ukraine were a demonstration of the insincerity of their statements supporting the international effort to fight the uncontrolled spread of arms.”
8. Med shot, delegates, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Robert A. Wood, Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Alternate Representative for Special Political Affairs, United States:
“Today’s meeting is a thinly veiled effort to portrait Russia as a responsible actor in arms control attempting to obfuscate the reality that it launched an unjustified arms invasion of its neighbor.”
10. Med shot, delegates, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Alice Jacobs, Deputy Counsellor, Mission to the United Nations, United Kingdom:
“And as it sources weapons for its war, Russia is violating the very UN sanctions it helped to draft on states such as Iran and the DPRK.”
12. Med shot, delegates, Security Council
13. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Yuri Ambrazevich, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Belarus:
“We are certain that the time will soon come when Western weapons will fall in the hands of extremists and be used against Western countries themselves.”
14. Med shot, delegates, Security Council
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Sattar Ahmadi, First Counselor / Representative to the United Nations, Islamic Republic of Iran:
“Iran has always upheld its obligations under international law and has never transferred arms or weapons in violation of its obligations. Iran’s position on the ongoing Ukraine crisis is clear and consistent. Iran has consistently advocated for the resolution of the conflict through peaceful means.”
16. Wide shot, Security Council

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The High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Izumi Nakamitsu, said, “Emanating from any arms transfer is the inherent risk of diversion of the equipment to unauthorized end users.”

Addressing the Security Council today (10 Apr) at a meeting called by the Russian Federation on the risks stemming from violations of the agreements regulating the export of weapons and military equipment, Nakamitsu said, “Measures to counter the potential diversion of weapons and ammunition contribute to international peace and security, particularly to conflict resolution and prevention efforts.”

She also said, “Transparency in armaments is yet another confidence-building measure, which can serve to reduce tensions, ambiguities, and misperceptions between Member States. The UN Register of Conventional Arms, which was established in 1992, remains a key tool in this regard.”

Nakamitsu then strongly encouraged all Member States to participate in this transparency mechanism.

Representing his country, Vasily Nebenzya, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations, said, “Western countries continue to promote the concept of responsible behavior and strengthening control over weapons circulation.”

He continued, “However, the crises that they provoked themselves in Ukraine were a demonstration of the insincerity of their statements supporting the international effort to fight the uncontrolled spread of arms.”

Also addressing the Security Council, Robert A. Wood, USA Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, described today’s meeting as a “thinly veiled effort to portrait Russia as a responsible actor in arms control attempting to obfuscate the reality that it launched an unjustified arms invasion of its neighbor.”

Alice Jacobs, Deputy Counsellor of the UK Mission to the United Nations, said, “As it sources weapons for its war, Russia is violating the very UN sanctions it helped to draft on states such as Iran and the DPRK.”

Yuri Ambrazevich, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, stated, “We are certain that the time will soon come when Western weapons will fall into the hands of extremists and be used against Western countries themselves.”

Responding to some member state statements, Sattar Ahmadi, First Counselor and Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations, said, “Iran has always upheld its obligations under international law and has never transferred arms or weapons in violation of its obligations. Iran’s position on the ongoing Ukraine crisis is clear and consistent. Iran has consistently advocated for the resolution of the conflict through peaceful means.”

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