SPEAKING OF SYRIA - Editor's Picks 18 September 2012

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17 Sep 2012 23:00

In meetings and press conferences, everyone is talking about Syria and discussing possible solutions to the ongoing crisis. Egyptian President Morsi, along with Foreign Minister Kamel Amr, held talks with the Iranian, Turkish and French Foreign Ministers, touching on the increasing number of refugees, the fate of Bashar Al Assad and the "contact group," consisting of Egypt, Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia who have both influence and interest in the outcome of the crisis in Syria. Talks also gravitated toward the recent film on youtube that insulted the Prophet Mohammed and sparked massive protests among enraged Muslim communities.

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President Morsi and Iranian Foreign M...
Cairo, Egypt
By Video Cairo Sat
18 Sep 2012

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi held talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi on Tuesday, September 18, in Cairo, where they addressed Egyptian-Iranian bilateral relations as well as various regional issues including the Syrian crisis.

The meeting was attended by Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel.

Iran is part of the four-member “contact group” initiative to solve the Syrian issue; the initiative was called for by President Morsi and it includes Egypt, Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, though Saudi representatives missed Monday’s meeting in Cairo.

Iran is a strong supporter of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, while Egypt, Turkey and Saudi Arabia demand that the Syrian regime step down.

Story: President Morsi and Iranian FM Discuss Bilateral Relations and Syrian Crisis
Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: September 18, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: September 18, 2012
Length: 0:00:34
Video Size: 27.9 MB
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1. Various shots of the meeting of President Mohamed Morsi with Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, attended by Egyptian FM Mohamed Kamel Amr
2. Wide shot, Egyptian Presidency headquarters in Cairo

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Foreign Ministers from Egypt, Turkey ...
Cairo, Egypt
By U.S. Editor
17 Sep 2012

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi met in Cairo on Monday evening, September 17, over the Syrian crisis.

The meeting was part of the “contact group” initiative called for by Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi and composed of Egypt, Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia.

The three Foreign Ministers agreed to continue their talks in New York on the sidelines of the 67th session of the UN General Assembly that will open on September 18 until September 28.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr:
“Today, we discussed a group of ideas and principles generally that are supposed to contribute to reaching a solution for the tragic situation in Syria and putting an end to the bloodshed. We agreed to continue our consultations and we decided to hold our next meeting in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meetings.”

SOUNDBITE 2 (English) – Turkish FM Ahmet Davutoglu:
“We have decided to come together to consult and to try to develop a common perspective for the future of our region as well as for the future of Syria, of course as this is the issue. What we observed today is that there are certain principles we agree on, but there are certain differences in opinions as you may expect. And we also have an ultimate objective to have a strong Syria.”

Egypt’s Foreign Minister said that Saudi Arabia, which attended the preliminary activities, missed the meeting due to other commitments, while analysts believe that Saudi Arabia might have refrained due to disagreement with Iran that supports the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi:
“The common principles are more than the disagreements. Everyone stressed the necessity to find a peaceful solution, especially the influential countries in the region, Egypt, Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia. They have a big role and they could come up with a recommendation that we hope in the end will give a satisfactory result to all.”

Egypt, Turkey and Saudi Arabia call the Syrian regime to step down while Iran is Al-Assad’s main ally and it accuses certain courtiers such as Saudi Arabia and Turkey of attempting to assist those who want to topple the Syrian regime.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: September 17, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: September 17, 2012
Length: 0:02:53
Video Size: 142 MB
Language: Arabic and English
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Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1. Wide overview shot, Cairo and the River Nile at night
2. Various shots of the meeting of Egypt, Turkey, Iran FMs at the Egyptian Foreign Ministry headquarters in Cairo
3. Pan right, the three FMs heading to the press conference after the meeting
4. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr:
“Today, we discussed a group of ideas and principles generally that are supposed to contribute to reaching a solution for the tragic situation in Syria and putting an end to the bloodshed. We agreed to continue our consultations and we decided to hold our next meeting in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meetings.” 5. SOUNDBITE 2 (English) – Turkish FM Ahmet Davutoglu:
“We have decided to come together to consult and to try to develop a common perspective for the future of our region as well as for the future of Syria, of course as this is the issue. What we observed today is that there are certain principles we agree on, but there are also differences in opinion as you may expect. And we also have an ultimate objective to have a strong Syria.”
6. Various shots of the three FMs speaking during the press conference
7. SOUNDBITE 3 (Arabic) – Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi:
“The common principles are more than the disagreements. Everyone stressed the necessity to find a peaceful solution, especially the influential countries in the region, Egypt, Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia. They have a big role and they could come up with a recommendation that we hope in the end that will give a satisfactory result to all.”
8. Various shots of the three FMs leaving after the press conference

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Syrian Refugees at Turkish Border
Yayladagi, Turkey
By admin
11 Mar 2012

Yayladagi, Turkey: March 9, 2012

Interview with Syrian refugees in a camp at the Turkish border.

These Syrian men claim they were forced to flee after they were shot by the Syrian army while protesting against the Assad regime. They speak about their escape to this refugee camp in the town of Yayladagi, on the Turkish border. One of the men speaks about his family in Syria and about his girlfriend who he dreams of marrying some day.

00:14 - 00: 27
They are raping women and killing them. In Homs, they (the Shibiha, Assad’s personal militia) killed 64 men, women and children by butchering them with knives.
00:36 - 00:40
If they give me weapons, I will go to Syria right away.
00:42- 01:00
Q:Are the Alawites participating in the fighting?
A:Yes, they are recruiting civilians for security forces to kill Sunni people.
01:01 - 01:05
They want to turn the conflict into a sectarian issue, but we are not going to do it. They want to kill us.
01:07 - 01:09
My family is in Syria. I am not married.
01:15-01:19
Who can live under the bombs?
01:20 – 01:21
Q:Are you in contact with them?
01:22 - 01:26
Our village is on the border of Turkey.
01:27 -01:30
Can them come visit you?
01:31- 01:34
A:No they cannot, the army is planting mines on the border.
01:36 - 01:46
Q:When you go back to Syria, will you get married?
A:No, they are killing us now.
01:50 - 01:54
A:Yes I wish to get married and get back to my life.
01:55 - 02:06
Q:What do you think if Bashar leaves?
A:Our life would be better.
02:20 - 02:30
Q:What would you tell Bashar if you ever met him?
A:If I meet him I will say we do not like you, leave us.
02:31 - 03:01
Q:How do you feel when you watch the news?
A:I feel sad and broken, no country is on our side. Israel is the little son of Bashar, what I mean is that they are in each other’s embrace. Israel is the little daughter of Bashar.
03:02 – 03:11
Q:What about your accommodation?
A:Turkey is taking care of us.
03:12 - 03: 24
Q:Is there any aid coming from abroad?
A:I don't know. I have only been here for a few days yet. People here know more.
03:26 - 03:40
We don't like Russia and its imperialism. Iran, China and Russia are selling the Syrian blood.
03:41 - 04:02
On T.V Tayyip Erdogan said that he is ready to welcome 100,000 Syrian refugees in turkey.
We are 10,000 now and there are people missing and no one can help us.
04:19 - 04:26
A week ago my family came over from Syria but there is not enough tents. They are going from tents to tents to find a place to sleep.
04:28 - 04:39
Some people are getting married here because they could not while in Syria.
Bashar took our money. He stole it.
05:28 -05:54
The wound was bigger and you could see the bone. They took a piece from here (thigh) and put it there.

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Syrian refugees in Bekaa Valley
Bekaa Valley, Lebanon
By Marta Bogdanska
15 Apr 2012

Syrian refugees in Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Thousands of Syrians have been crossing into the Bekaa Valley situated along the border with Syria. We managed to reach some families in hiding in villages of Saad Neyil and Arsel.

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Syrian Refugees Come Under Fire as Th...
Kilis, Turkey
By info
11 Apr 2012

Kilis-Turkey | April 11, 2012

Hasan Yetmez

Four Syrian refugees from the Oncupinar Refugee Camp, close to the Syrian border, attempted to cross through fields reportedly containing landmines in order to reach Syria. They reported that Syrian Army snipers fired at them from the Es Selamet Minaret on the border. The refugees returned and asked for assistance from Turkish journalists.

They told the journalists that they had not been able to speak with their family for five months, and that they had decided to return home to fight for freedom because they feared for their families at home in Syria. The journalists tried to convince them to return to the Refugee camp, but they insisted on finding a way home.

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Reyhanli Camp
Reyhanli, Turkey
By info
15 Mar 2012

Reyhanli, Turkey | March 15, 2012
Children playing inside the Reyhanli refugee camp at the Turkish Syrian border.
70 people crossed the Turkish border from Idlib (Syria) on March 15, 2012. Refugees are being transferring to the Reyhanli camp by some Turkish Government's minibus, while others simply come walking into the camp.

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Al-Rihaniyya refugee camp in Turkey 35
Antakya, Turkey
By ili21
01 Feb 2012

Antakya, Turkey: January 23, 2012
Al-Rihaniyya, a Syrian refugee camp located in the Turkish town of Antakya near the Syrian border. The camp suffers from constant power cuts due to the snow, which also damaged many tents. About 1500 Syrian refugees live in the camp. An estimated total of 15 000 Syrian refugees has been absorbed by Turkey since the beginning of the Syrian uprising in 2011.
Photo taken on January 23, 2012

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Antakya, Turkey
By ili21
01 Feb 2012

Antakya, Turkey: January 25, 2012
Al-Rihaniyya, a Syrian refugee camp located in the Turkish town of Antakya near the Syrian border. The camp suffers from constant power cuts due to the snow, which also damaged many tents. About 1500 Syrian refugees live in the camp. An estimated total of 15 000 Syrian refugees has been absorbed by Turkey since the beginning of the Syrian uprising in 2011.
Photo taken on January 23, 2012