Syrian government warned against use of chemical weapons

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Syrian authorities have been urged to renounce the possibility of using weapons of mass destruction, including chemical weapons.

The call has come from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who spoke to reporters on Monday about his recent visits to China, South-Eastern Europe and London.

Mr. Ban said that throughout his trip, he was focused on what he called "the tragic and intolerable situation in Syria." 

He reminded the Syrian government and the armed opposition of their obligations under international and human rights laws and urged them to exercise restraint and avoid any further bloodshed. 

"Let me also reiterate my concern about weapons of mass destruction, including chemical weapons. The use of these arms is prohibited under international law. Any use of such weapons would be an outrageous crime and a major concern for the entire international community. I call on the Government to renounce the possibility of using these weapons under any circumstances, and to ensure the safety and security of stockpiles."

(Duration: 28")

Ban Ki-moon said he is deeply concerned about the situation in Aleppo city and the impact of shelling and use of other heavy weapons on civilians there.

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