UN / MERCENARY ACTIVITIES

STORY: UN / MERCENARY ACTIVITIES
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DATELINE: 04 FEBRUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

SHOTLIST:

FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

04 FEBRUARY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, Secretary-General and ambassadors
4. SOUNDBITE (French) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The nature of mercenary activities has evolved over the years. Today they are exploiting and feeding off other ills such as transnational organized crime, terrorism and violent extremism. In Africa, the focus of today’s discussion, mercenary activities remain a serious concern.”
5. Med shot, delegates
6. SOUNDBITE (French) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We have seen illicit activities and trafficking by terrorist and mercenary groups operating in the Sahel, as well as the alleged involvement of mercenaries in post-election violence in Cote d’Ivoire in 2010. Mercenaries and other foreign fighters have committed innumerable violations of human rights and humanitarian law against civilians in the Central African Republic. They have also suppressed movements of herders along traditional routes, namely the border with Cameroon. And in retaliation for repeated attacks, pastoralists have hired other armed groups or rebels to protect themselves and their livestock, thereby fuelling the cycle of violence. And Equatorial Guinea itself has reported serious attempts against its own government.”
7. Med shot, delegates
8. SOUNDBITE (French) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Only 35 States are parties to the International Convention against the Recruitment, Use, Financing and Training of Mercenaries, adopted by the General Assembly in 1989. Equatorial Guinea recently acceded to the Convention and will become the 36th party later this month. Only 3 current members of the Security Council have done so. I call on those States that remain outside the Convention to accede to or ratify it without delay.”
9. Med shot, delegates
10. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Obiang Nguema, Mbasogo, President, Equatorial Guinea:
“In the last 24 years we have been victims of five mercenary incursion attempts. The ultimate goal was to overthrow the legitimate government of Equatorial Guinea, with the only intention of seizing the resources of the country and denying them to the Equatoguinean people, in favour of their own interests. These elements carried out actions as diverse as violent in the form of assault on banks, attacks on the residence of the head of State, and in December 2017 even an assassination attempt on my person in together with my whole family, among others.”
11. Wide shot, Council

STORYLINE:

Addressing a Security Council High-Level Debate on Mercenary Activities in Africa, Secretary-General António Guterres today (4 Feb) said mercenary activities are “exploiting and feeding off other ills such as transnational organized crime, terrorism and violent extremism.”

The Secretary-General highlighted illicit activities and trafficking by terrorist and mercenary groups in the Sahel, the alleged involvement of mercenaries in post-election violence in Cote d’Ivoire in 2010 and the many violations of human rights and humanitarian law against civilians in the Central African Republic.

He said, “they have also suppressed movements of herders along traditional routes, namely the border with Cameroon. And in retaliation for repeated attacks, pastoralists have hired other armed groups or rebels to protect themselves and their livestock, thereby fuelling the cycle of violence. And Equatorial Guinea itself has reported serious attempts against its own government.”

Guterres said meeting these challenges require stronger legal regimes, globally and nationally and increased bilateral, regional and international cooperation, adding that we need to examine the political, economic, social and psychological factors that give rise to mercenary activities.

He noted that “only 35 States are parties to the International Convention against the Recruitment, Use, Financing and Training of Mercenaries, adopted by the General Assembly in 1989,” adding that “only 3 current members of the Security Council have done so” and calling on “those States that remain outside the Convention to accede to or ratify it without delay.”

Equatorial Guinea recently acceded to the Convention and will become the 36th party later this month.

In his address to the Council, the President of Equatorial Guinea, Obiang Nguema, Mbasogo, said “in the last 24 years we have been victims of five mercenary incursion attempts. The ultimate goal was to overthrow the legitimate government of Equatorial Guinea, with the only intention of seizing the resources of the country and denying them to the Equatoguinean people, in favour of their own interests. These elements carried out actions as diverse as violent in the form of assault on banks, attacks on the residence of the head of State, and in December 2017 even an assassination attempt on my person in together with my whole family, among others.”

Equatorial Guinea holds the presidency of the Council for the month of February and convened today’s meeting.

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