Syrian leader warned against use of chemical weapons

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The government of Syria has been warned that its leaders will be brought to justice if it uses chemical weapons.

The warning came from United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during a press conference in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Thursday, as he continued his visit to the Gulf.

Mr. Ban's s visit comes as the conflict between the government and the opposition continues in Syria and there are concerns about a possible use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government.

"I have sent a letter directed to President Assad a couple of days ago as I did a couple of months ago. I am very much concerned and I have warned that in any case if a chemical weapon is used then whoever may be will have to be brought to justice. It will create serious consequences to those people."

Duration: 27"

The Secretary-General also spoke about the relations between Iraq and Kuwait which he says have improved since March.

He said it is time for both countries to put the past behind and usher in a new era of cooperation.

Iraq under Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990.

Duration: 1’25″

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