Human Rights office stands ready to join investigation into possible use of chemical weapons in Syrian conflict

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Navi Pillay

High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has welcomed the Secretary General’s decision to conduct a United Nations investigation into the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria.

And she says her office stands ready to join the investigation, if requested to do so.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon announced his decision to launch an investigation into possible use of chemical weapons in Syria on Thursday.

In Geneva, Spokesman Rupert Colville says if chemical weapons do indeed turn out to have been used, this can only be described as an abominable and depraved act.

” We hope these reports turn out to be incorrect, because if they are true this terrible conflict will have plunged to new depths. The use of chemical weapons would most likely be either a crime against humanity or a war crime. The High Commissioner echoes the Secretary-General’s call that — if such a crime has been committed — those responsible must be held accountable.”

Spokesman Rupert Colvile says while awaiting the outcome of the investigation, the protection of civilians must not be put on hold. He said the High Commissioner reiterates her call to all parties to the conflict to immediately halt attacks against civilians, and to go beyond that — to actually provide for their protection.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration: 1’09″

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