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Samantha Power talks LGBT rights, Syria at women's summit

Saturday, April 05, 2014 - 01:39

April 5 - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations takes the stage at the fifth annual Women in the World Summit in New York City. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and former journalist Samantha Power appeared at the fifth annual Women in the World Summit on Saturday (April 5) in New York City. Speaking to modernator Tina Brown, she addressed a wide range of global affairs, including Lesbian,Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT) rights and the ongoing conflict in Syria. "There is an almost contagion effect in sub-Saharan Africa," she said. "And now the politics are cutting toward passing these [anti-gay] laws because it's politically popular," said Power. She also defended the Obama administration's decision not to use force against the Assad regime, after Syria was accused of using chemical weapons. "I understand why people want military intervention in Syria. But I think it's also important to take note of the fact that peacefully getting rid of a weapon of this nature...this could be a significant achievement. We're not there yet," said Power. The Women in the World Summit was founded by journalist Tina Brown as a way to bring together some of the top female leaders from around the globe.

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Samantha Power talks LGBT rights, Syria at women's summit

Saturday, April 05, 2014 - 01:39